If your home feels like the inside of a hot oven, the solution is simple.
You need to cool it down.
Buffering your home from triple-digit temperatures without cranking up the A/C (if you’re lucky to have one) means going back to time-tested tricks: Staying hydrated, switching on a fan, and rinsing off in a cold shower are all effective at cooling down your core.
But don’t stop there.
Although it’s still early in the season, this summer promises to be a real scorcher with cities across Southern California already having experienced record temperatures – and there are more hot days to come.
So keep your cool and give these DIY tips a try.
Close the blinds
About 76 percent of the sunlight that hits standard double-pane windows enters the home as heat. These findings come from the U.S. Department of Energy, which suggests the best way to eliminate heat gain is simply keeping windows that directly face the sun covered with curtains, shades or blinds.
Don’t generate extra heat
During the summer, the days are longer so there’s no need to switch on lights, which emit heat. You can rely on natural light. Other alternatives include steering clear of the oven or stove for cooking outdoors on the grill. And before calling it a night, unplug your electronic devices. Every little bit helps cool things down.
Make your own A/C unit
If you’re old enough to remember when folks used to put a bowlful of ice in front of the box fan to beat the heat, then you’ll know it works. As the ice melts, the fan whips up the cold vapor and blows it your way. It won’t lower the temperature of an entire room, but it will make you feel several degrees cooler.
Adjust your ceiling fans
In its “Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat,” Southern California Edison recommends setting ceiling fans to turn counter-clockwise. Doing so pushes the cool air downward. Just remember to turn off ceiling fans whenever you leave a room because, the Department of Energy adds, “fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.”
Use your exhaust fans
Exhaust fans draw steam out of the bathroom and smoke from the kitchen. Come summer, they can suck heat out of your home.
Change your bedsheets
When it comes to bedsheets, natural fibers are going to keep you cooler in the summer. Cotton, for example, allows the skin to breathe and won’t trap in heat. On brutal summer nights, try chilling your sheets in the freezer for several minutes before putting them on your bed. It will keep you cool throughout the night.
Open windows at night
If the outside air is cooler than the air inside, opening some windows will help you sleep more comfortably. Otherwise, you’ll want to sleep with a fan blowing at you.
If you have A/C
Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Also, consider this tip from Scott Harris, co-founder and CEO of the Building Construction Group in Los Angeles. He suggests checking air ducts for leaks. Ducts carry cool air to each room. If they’re not sealed properly, they leak that cool air into other spaces. But it’s an easy fix. Harris, who was hired to build Ed Begley Jr.’s eco house, once told a reporter he seals leaky ducts with duct tape,
Published at Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:02:46 +0000