Here are 8 tips for keeping your home cool:
If you have a whole house fan (sometimes mistakenly called an attic fan) in your home, you have struck gold. These powerhouses are excellent for keeping the heat at bay during sweltering summer months. Open your windows and run your fan all night long. In the morning, close all windows, doors and blinds to keep the nice cool air in for as long as possible. Added benefit -- each night you run the fan you’re pulling fresh air into your home thus eliminating odors and germs.
Use a Box Fan in the Window
If you don’t have a whole house fan, pick up a few box fans to put in your windows. Place the fan so that the air will be pulled out of your room. This creates a vent much like an all house fan that will pull cool air in at night. Using a few of these can create a cross breeze, cooling your house down more.
Run a Ceiling Fan or Standing Fan
While fans won’t cool down your whole house, they are great for cooling down a room. Moving air can combat even the warmest of days. Install ceiling fans in rooms with overhead light wiring or invest in a few standing fans. Pro tip: during the summer switch your ceiling fan to spin in a counterclockwise direction to pull cool air down.
Build Your Own AC Unit
If the heat is really getting to you, take matters into your own hands and tackle this quick project that will keep you cool without spending much money. Start with a 5 gallon bucket, a fan and some PVC pipe and end with a brisk chill in the air.
Install Awnings on South Facing Windows
Installing an awning on the windows of your home with the most direct sunlight can greatly decrease your need for cooling systems. For south facing windows look for a hood-style awning. Talk to a professional about proper sizing for your windows.
Switch Out Your Light Bulbs
Your old incandescent lightbulbs may be putting off more than just a nice glow. The longer incandescent bulbs are turned on, the warmer they get. By switching your old bulbs for LED or CFL bulbs you can eliminate unnecessary heat in your home.
It’s no secret your oven is a heat producing super star. Same goes for your stove. If you’re trying to keep your home cool, avoid turning these appliances on and head outdoors! You can cook almost anything on a grill and who doesn’t love grilled veggies?
Wrap Your Windows
This old school project will help keep the heat out of your house and the cool air in. Pick up a kit at your local home improvement store. You simply apply double sided adhesive around your whole window, cut the shrink wrap to size and apply to the adhesive from the top down. Once the window is covered, hit it with a hair dryer until all the wrinkles are gone. This trick does not work on windows with blinds.
When all else fails, pour yourself a nice cold beverage or run through the sprinklers.