There’s no denying that summer is most people’s favorite season of the year. It’s a time when we all get to enjoy longer days, go to the beach, and have a barbecue or two with family and friends.
The only downside to summer is ironically one of the season’s advantages: the heat! If you’re a sun worshipper but still enjoy keeping as cool as possible, these five amazing ideas will help you keep your home cool this summer:
1. Check your HVAC system is working properly
The first thing you need to do is ensure that your HVAC system is working as it should. Otherwise, you could be in for a world of disappointment if you try to activate your air conditioning!
You might not know it. But the most common parts that fail on HVAC systems aren’t too expensive to fix. Especially if you buy HVAC parts online rather than from a local parts retailer.
2. Close blinds and shutters in the sunniest of rooms
When the sun’s rays are at full strength during the day, usually around 11 am to 4 pm, you want to make sure that you block them. You can easily do that by closing any window blinds and shutters in those rooms.
By blocking the sun from entering those rooms, you can keep your bedrooms and living spaces cooler throughout the day. Plus, you can even save money on your air conditioning costs if you have an HVAC system installed in your home.
3. Paint your walls with light and bright colors
You might not realize it. But, if you have dark colors painted on your walls, you attract more heat to the inside of your home! White and light colors reflect the light (and sun’s rays) that enter your home.
Another advantage of painting your walls with light and bright colors is you make each room feel bigger than they seem. That’s especially useful if you live somewhere with small rooms.
4. Open your windows early in the morning
During the summer months, sunlight will start to break through early each morning. It’s at those times where the air temperature is low. You can take advantage of that fact by opening all the windows in your home at that time.
The reason for doing so is you get cold air circulating throughout your home, and so your rooms will be cooler for longer.
5. Use white as much as possible for your home’s exterior
Another interesting way to help keep your home cooler during the summer months is by making extensive use of white paint and colors. You already know the benefits of using light and bright colors for your home’s interior.
You can apply that concept for the exterior as well. For instance, you could paint your exterior walls white. And if your roof tiles are black or dark in color, consider replacing or painting them a light color.
Good luck and stay cool!