4 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool For The Summer
2. Set Fans Correctly
If you have ceiling fans in your home, it’s important to switch the rotation and speed depending on your goal. For the summer heat, the perfect mixture is:
Counter-Clockwise Rotation + Fast = Cooling Effect
This combination blows air down quickly, which creates a cooling effect when it runs past your skin. The fans lose their effectiveness if no one is in the room, as they don’t actually cool the air. So save energy by turning them off when not in the room.
3. Cook And Clean Early Or Late
Another huge contributor to home heat are kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Plan your biggest session of cooking and cleaning for early morning or late evening. This way you aren’t creating addition heat in the hottest part of the day. Ovens, stovetops, showers, baths, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and irons all create excess heat in your home. By saving these for evening, it’s easier to vent the heat outside.
4. Open Windows At Morning And Night
During the times when you’re able to pull your curtains off of the windows, open them up! Ideally, open up one window on each side/floor of the house, to create a cross-draft. Many think it’s best to open windows directly across from each other, but you can actually create a chimney effect by opening windows on different floors. This allows the air to flow throughout the entire home. Since hot air naturally rises, opening a windward side window on the lower floor and a leeward side window on an upper floor can really create a cooling effect.