With hot temperatures on the way, it's important to make the most of spring and save as much as you can before the air conditioner is a must. Although you might be inclined to shut all the windows and crank down the thermostat as soon as it rises above 70° outside, try some of these cooling hacks to stay comfortable indoors without running up your utility bill.
Freeze Your Pillowcases
It sounds crazy, but sticking your pillowcases in the freezer a few hours before bedtime can make it so much easier to fall asleep. Remember that heat rises, so if your bedroom is on the second story of your home or in an apartment complex, you're likely to feel like you've stepped into a boiler room when you lay down to get some shut-eye.
You can also use a fan with a spray bottle at your bedside to give your pillows and bedding a light mist when you wake up in the middle of the night.
Cut Back on Utilities
Avoid using heat-generating appliances like laundry dryers and ovens. Instead, opt to air-dry your clothes. If you don't have any allergies, then string them outdoors. If you want to keep them inside, then a portable clothesline can do the trick while adding some humidity to your room if the air is dry, at the same time.
Stoves also generate a lot of heat, so try to eat more dishes that are easy to prepare and don't require anything more than some light stove-prep. Summer salad, anyone?
Close Your Blinds
During the winter, sunlight can be used to naturally warm a room, but in the late spring and summer, you want to avoid it as much as possible. Your windows are a major source of unwanted heat. Get some energy-efficient window treatments that can help reduce heat transfer and keep your home cooler.
Keeping curtains and blinds drawn shut while you're away can also make a major impact on your home's comfort levels.
Use Your Exhaust Fans
Turn on the fans in your bathroom and kitchen after you cook or take a shower. The heat that rises will quickly be drawn out and sent far, far away from your home.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
A whopping 90 percent of the electricity used by traditional incandescent bulbs turns into heat instead of light.
LED bulbs are becoming more and more affordable and it’s definitely worthwhile to make the switch. They also give off virtually no heat which is a major plus!
Rotate Your Ceiling Fans
Look up and make sure your ceiling fans are moving counter-clockwise. This ultra-simple adjustment creates a wind tunnel effect that adds an extra breeze to any room. You should also keep your doors open so air can move freely throughout the home as long as the temperature isn’t too high outside.
Leave Your Doors Open
Many people think that closing off interior doors during the summer will make the house cooler, but the opposite is true. Closed doors create blockages for air flow, which disrupts your home's temperature and can even worsen your air quality. It's best to keep your doors open, especially if you're using fans, so air can circulate freely throughout your home.
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