Summer temperatures can reach scorching levels in the United States. The extreme heat prompts many homeowners to switch on the air conditioner. While running the AC is one way to cool down, here are more efficient ways to keep a home comfortable in high heat.
1. Close the window blinds
Windows that face south and west retain the most heat, especially when the blinds are left open. By keeping the blinds on these south- and west-facing windows closed, however, homeowners prevent the home from becoming a hot and stuffy miniature greenhouse.
Windows are responsible for approximately 30 percent of unwanted heat. Closing the blinds, curtains or shades lowers the indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Plus, homeowners save significantly on energy bills—up to seven percent—by keeping the window blinds closed.
Investing in blackout curtains prevents sunlight from entering a room. The blackout curtains decrease indoor temperatures by insulating the rooms in which they are installed. Neutral-colored blackout curtains are most effective since they reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent.
2. Run a fan efficiently
Fans blow cool air yet consume a large amount of energy. Since cool air remains at floor level, aim the fan upward and point it toward an opposite wall. The cool air from the fan will bounce off the walls and into the room, delivering a refreshing, steady breeze.
3. Run a fan with ice
While running a fan, kick up the cooling effect a notch with ice. Simply place several ice cubes or an ice pack at an angle in front of the fan. The fan blades unleash a misty, cool breeze into the room as the air blows across the chilled ice.
4. Use doors strategically
Close the doors to rooms that remain unused. During the blistering summer days, the closed doors prevent any cool air from entering these rooms. But during the cooler nights, keep the doors open to allow adequate airflow throughout the home.
Opening doors will also create an advantageous cross-breeze throughout the house. While open windows on the opposite sides of the house invite fresh air into the building, the open doors allow the air to freely pass through and promote a cooling effect.
5. Use the oven at night
Cook at opportune times during days riddled with extreme heat. Cooking meals during the day will heat up an already hot home. Rather than turn on the oven at noon, when daytime temperatures are at their highest, wait until night. Homeowners also benefit from using less energy.
An alternative to cooking in a steamy kitchen is to barbecue outside in the cooler evenings. Homeowners avoid creating excess heat in the home and have an opportunity to enjoy the breezy nighttime air. Sip icy drinks while having an outdoor meal and generate extra chill.
6. Rotate ceiling fans correctly
Ceiling fans are designed to be adjusted every season. In hot summer weather, rotate the ceiling fans counter-clockwise. The blades push cool air straight down. Also set the ceiling fan at high speed when the temps are high to produce a comfortable cool.
7. Choose cool fabrics
Cotton sheets are among the most breathable fabrics a homeowner can use to fit the bed when summer temperatures soar. Cotton helps to cool a person when sleeping. Natural fibers, like cotton, absorb sweat and other forms of moisture and keep the body dry.
Nighttime rest can also be made cooler by tossing the bedsheets into the freezer just before bedtime. A few minutes in the freezer will produce chilled sheets, which can bring temporary relief from the extreme heat. The cooling effect will linger until the homeowner falls asleep.
8. Set up bowls of water
Bowls of water cool a hot home by expelling moisture into the environment. Place several bowls filled with water around the home. At night, keep a bowl of cool water by the bed; when the nighttime air gets uncomfortably hot, dip feet into the water to stay cool.
9. Sleep in low areas
Cool air tends to linger in lower areas, making sleeping in the basement a sensible choice during hot nights. An equally effective solution is to sleep on the downstairs couch. Alternatively, consider investing in a futon or air mattress and sleep on the floor, where the air is coolest.
10. Plant trees and grow houseplants
Trees and bushes provide abundant shade, especially when planted outside a south-facing window. While the trees and bushes offer protection from the sun, houseplants offer a similar cooling effect. Houseplants release moisture into the atmosphere and thereby help cool the home.
11. Switch to CFL light bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs have a notorious reputation for wasting 90 percent of energy in emitted heat. Toss the incandescent bulbs and opt for low-energy light bulbs, such as CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). Not only will the change cool the home, but CFL bulbs lower energy bills.
Extremely high temperatures are common in the US. Los Angeles County residents may recall temperatures reaching 121 degrees Fahrenheit in Woodland Hills on September 6, 2020. When your cooling tactics result in water damage, consult ServiceMaster EMT for immediate restoration.
Water Damage Restoration from the Air Conditioner
An air conditioner may run all day when the temps soar. When the AC leaks and causes water damage, you’ll need experienced water damage cleanup pros right away. ServiceMaster EMT technicians respond promptly to calls for water damage restoration and limit the spread of destruction.
Our quality water restoration services include extracting all excess moisture from the property using high-tech equipment and proven processes. We thoroughly dry the area by running powerful dehumidifiers. Any salvageable water-damaged materials are restored to their original condition.
Home and business owners who are faced with water damage are urged to consult the pros at ServiceMaster EMT immediately to prevent warping, discoloration, and mold growth. We serve southern California and the state of Nevada, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call us at (800) 376-6678 for emergency.