The Annual Allure – 7 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool & Comfortable Year-Round
When the temperature outside starts to rise, you can feel it in your home, and you may feel tired, drained and lose motivation to do anything. This can happen to all of us and there’s nothing worse than being in your own home, sweaty, and fighting to avoid turning on the AC, raising your electric bill.
Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer through being uncomfortable in your home and can easily enjoy a cool and comfortable existence year-round with a few simple changes. Keeping your home cool is easy once you have the right methods in place and you and your family can enjoy a nice, comfortable environment all year long, without your AC running constantly.
Continue reading below to explore some of the simple steps you can take to cool down your home naturally.
When the air outside cools down, you may be tempted to crank up the heat, but this will heat up the inside of your home and keep you indoors. Outdoor heaters are a wonderful way for you to warm yourself up without warming up your home in the process and get some fresh air while you’re at it!
Blackout curtains are a great investment and they can help to keep your home cool all year long. If you are not familiar with these types of curtains, blackout does not refer to the colour of the curtain but to the foam-backed fabric that is attached to the back of the curtain, keeping light and heat out.
These types of curtains are often found in hotel rooms and offices because they provide complete privacy and block out light. Blackout curtains will reduce the amount of heat that enters your home through the windows, so it is wise to use them on the windows that receive the most sunlight.
Change Your Bedding
No matter how comfortable your bed is, or how tired you are, waking up drenched in sweat can be enough to irritate anyone. Keeping your bedroom cool starts with your bed sheets. Cooling bed sheets are made of fibres that allow air to naturally flow around you and they often contain a moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool, calm, and comfortable throughout the night.
Keep Exhaust Fans on in Your Home
When the humidity starts to increase outside, take a moment to turn on your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. These fans work to remove humidity from your home, which in turn helps to keep your home cool, and more importantly, reduces the chances of mould or mildew from forming.
Check Your Windows
Your efforts to cool your home will only work if your windows do their job too. Over time, the seal around the windows can wear down, thus making your windows responsible for allowing hot air in and cool air out.
To combat this, take a moment to inspect your windows and see if you can feel any air coming in from the outside. If you can, then it may be time to reseal around the windows.
Keep the Windows Open at Night
When the temperature drops outside, pop open your windows at night. You will find that the cool night air is good for you and it allows your home to cool down naturally.
Cook on the Barbecue
No matter what time of year it is, cooking inside your home can increase the temperature inside and you may find it difficult to cool down your home from that point on. One way to keep your home cool is to think about an alternative cooking method, such as cooking outside. As if you needed an excuse to dust off the barbecue!
A Cool Home is a Comfortable Home
Keeping your home cool year-round is possible when you know how. Take some time to assess your property and consider investing in better windows, insulation, and doors, as these three things play important roles in whether or not air remains in, or escapes from, your home.
Cooling down your home doesn’t mean you have to crank up the AC and run it non-stop either. With a few small changes, you’ll find you can get your home’s temperature to a comfortable level, no matter the temperature outside.