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8 Tips for keeping your home cool over summer
January 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Shade Solutions
With the summers here, it’s quite tempting to crank up the air conditioning or sit in front of a fan. While this will certainly keep your home cool, it will also rack up your utility bills tremendously.
Thankfully, there are several things you can do to keep your home cool during summer. And, yes – you don’t need to spend a fortune in doing so!
Continue reading this post to discover some really effective ways to cool down your home this summer season.
- Keep the sun out of your home by keeping your windows closed and curtains drawn during the day. If you have an outdoor living space, you can consider protecting it from the sun with the help of outdoor blinds. High quality blinds, such as ours at Global Shade can effectively block out the sun and keep your home cool.
- Alternatively, you can also consider installing awnings above your windows to keep out the heat. Awnings made of top grade shade fabrics, such as ours at Global Shade will restrict heat from entering your home.
- You can also invest in a shade sail over any outdoor entertainment area. A large shade sail will provide great sun protection and it will also reduce the temperature in adjoining areas of your house.
- Instead of cranking up the air conditioning, keep your temperature fixed and focus on air circulation An energy efficient fan will do well to circulate air throughout your home and keep it cool. Exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms can also help in getting rid of hot air from your house.
- Replace your incandescent lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs. Not only are LED lightbulbs much more energy efficient that their incandescent counterparts, but they also emit less heat. Plus, they also offer light that is cooler and more soothing to the eyes.
- Turn off your home appliances when you aren’t using them. Home appliances may not consume electricity if they are plugged in but not in use, but they do generate some amount of heat. Turning of appliances when not in use will lower your home temperature, as well as your energy bills.
- Add plants to areas of your home that receive too much sunlight. Plants produce energy from the sun’s rays through photosynthesis and this process actually reduces heat in a way. While these plants will flourish around your home, they will also help in lowering the temperature to a certain extent.
- Start cooking outdoors and stop using your oven or cooktop indoors. Cooking outdoors will keep your kitchen (and your home) much cooler. And, you can always use a shade sail or a canopy to provide shade for your outdoor cooking needs.
There are more than a few ways you can keep your home cool over the summer season. Keep your windows closed during the day and consider installing blinds or awnings over your windows. You can also invest in a shade sail to lower the temperature of adjoining rooms. Focus on circulating air within your home rather than cranking up the air conditioning. Replace your incandescent lights with CFL or LED lamps. Turn off your appliances when they are not in use and add plants to areas of your home that receive excessive sunshine. You can also consider cooking outdoors to reduce heat from being generated in your kitchen.
And, if you’re looking to invest in high grade shade solutions to keep your home cool this summer, consider us at Global Shade. To find out more about our shade solutions, get in touch with us today!