Summer’s can be rough if you are not fortunate enough to live in an air-conditioned home. If you are one of those people, you looking for some ways to beat the extreme heat that we have been seeing across the Midwest/east coast.
Here are some ideas on how to cool down your home to avoid overheating during these hot, humid days.
- Cover your furniture
A great way to make your furniture more comfortable is to cover it with smooth, light-colored fabric. Put a smooth light-colored fabric on your couch. Cover your pillows with satin pillow cases. You want a cool surface against your skin – not cozy knits.
- Hang out in your basement (or lowest level of your home)
Plan activities that take place in the lower level of your home, even if it’s just hanging out or reading. Warm air rises so your coolest place is going to be on the lowest level, closest to the ground.
- Suck up cooler air with a fan
Set up a portable fan so that it sucks up the cooler air from the floor below and blows the hot air towards the ceiling. Another great idea is to purchase a window fan. These usually have inside and outside air exchanges so you can control the direction the air blows. You can also turn on the vent fan on your stove to draw hot air up out of the house.
- Close your blinds and curtains
Block the sun’s heat during the day but keeping all of your blinds and curtains closed. When it cools down at night, open up your windows to let some of the cooler air into your home.
- Turn off all sources of heat.
Try not to use your stove or oven to cook food. Make a cool, crisp salad or a hearty sandwich. Even the microwave can throw off heat so it’s good to try to use that minimally as well. Make sure to turn off your lamps, tv and computer when you’re not using it. You should even unplug your power adapters, as some give off heat as well.
I hope you are all staying cool and that these tips will help you do so. We are supposed to be able to relax and enjoy being in our home, not sweating to
Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!
What are your plans for the Fourth of July? Are you having a barbeque at your house, a park or the beach?
One of the most popular grilling occasions is the Fourth of July. To celebrate one of the biggest grilling days of the year, I wanted to share some grilling tips for the holiday weekend.
I believe that traditional American fare is the only acceptable cuisine for Fourth of July barbeques. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, fruit – what more do you need?! Let’s celebrate independence traditionally!
Make sure you get all of your grocery shopping done a few days before the party. You can’t go too early because you don’t want the buns to dry out or the
fruit to rot but plan properly so you aren’t doing last minute shopping. This should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. Making items like potato salad
and fruit bowls are nice because you can prepare them ahead of time. Boil the eggs and potatoes the day before and chop up all the veggies. You can also
prepare the fruit bowl the day before to save more time on the day of!
Charcoal or gas grill? Either way, make sure you have enough of either to get the grill started and to keep it going all day. You never know who’s going to
stop by or if people are going to want seconds. Always make sure the grill is hot and extra food is prepared.
Don’t forget side dishes! I love cooking vegetables on the grill because they always turn out absolutely delicious and full of flavor. They are super easy
too – no marinades necessary when you have that great grill flavor cooking into them! The only thing you need to be cautious of is not burning the vegetables.
They tend to cook quickly and are sensitive to high heat so you definitely want to keep a constant eye on them. Also, don’t let them fall through the grates!
By planning your cookout, things will run a lot smoother and stress will be eliminated. Make your grocery list, make what you can ahead of time, and don’t forget the simple things!
Have a wonderful Fourth of July, whatever you may do and be safe!
Summer has arrived so I wanted to give you a few tips on keeping your home cool. I found great tips from Care2 that should help us all avoid the dreadful overheated home.
- Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate
at night either naturally or with fans.
- Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings.
- If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit.
Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit.
- If buying a new air conditioner, be sure that it is properly sized. Get assistance from an energy auditor or air conditioning
- Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling
load and force the air conditioner to work harder.
- Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms.
- Install white window shades or mini-blinds. Mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.
- Close south and west-facing curtains during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.
- Provide shade for your room A/C, or the outside half of your central A/C if at all possible. This will increase the unit’s
efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent.
- Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow by 1 percent per week.
- Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.
Hope these help you stay cool this summer!