Don't Sweat It: 7 Ways to Keep Your Apartment Cool During Summer
Hey, hot stuff! With summer upon us, it's time to think about ways to cool down your apartment and keep those energy bills from skyrocketing like the temperature! Don't sweat it -- we've got some tips to help you keep cool, whether you have in-unit A/C or not!
Block Out the Sun
Sure, natural light is great, but it can also start to turn your place into a sauna! Keep your apartment shaded and cool by closing those blinds during the hottest parts of the day. That way, you can still enjoy your morning sunshine without feeling like you're roasting alive by 3pm.
Up your airflow game! Whether you're working with A/C or just ceiling fans, be sure to use them efficiently. Shut doors to the rooms you're not using (like bedrooms and bathrooms) so that airflow hangs out right where you are. That way you can keep chill without your whole place turning into a hot mess.
Reset Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know that you can change the direction of your fan blades? They're meant to change with the season to make sure cold and warm air are pushed in the right direction. In winter, the fan blades should be moving clockwise to circulate warm air, but during the summer, make sure they're spinning counterclockwise to create that refreshing windchill effect. Reset things by locating the switch on the fan's body and giving it a flip! You can thank us later when you're feeling the breeze.
Not only do houseplants look cool and trendy, but they can actually reduce the temperature in your home! So why not add some color to your space and enjoy the cooling benefits of a plant's breathing process? In case you needed another excuse to snag that fiddle leaf fig plant you've been eyeing....
Bring the Air to You
If you're really feeling the heat, grab a portable fan and take it with you wherever you go! Set it up in front of you while you binge-watch your fave shows, or keep it close to your bed to help you sleep like a baby. With so many options available at your nearest stores, you're sure to find a fan to suit your style and your budget.
On those hot summer days, avoid using the oven or stove, both of which can turn your kitchen into a greenhouse. Instead, try cooking with a crockpot, InstaPot, or grill. If you're feeling extra lazy, go for cooler foods like salads, wraps, or sandwiches that require no cooking at all! Your taste buds and your energy bill will thank you!
Switch Your Bedding
Still sleeping with those flannel sheets and heavy down comforters from winter? It’s time to switch to lighter fabrics like cotton, linen, or eucalyptus. These materials allow for more airflow and can keep you from waking up in a sweaty mess.
And there you have it! These tips can help you keep your cool and beat the heat this summer. Don't forget to take it easy in extreme temps and stay hydrated, take cool showers, or hit up the public pool if you need a cooldown.