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The heat of summer can make spending time indoors a sticky, damp, and unpleasant event. Switching on the air conditioning brings some relief, but not everyone can afford to keep it running throughout the days and nights. Here are ways to cool the home without resorting to the AC.

1. Close the Curtains

The drapes and blinds are defenses against the rays of the sun. Leaving them open gives sunlight and its steady heat an entry point into the home. Keeping the curtains closed, however, prevents sunlight and heat from raising the indoor temperatures to uncomfortably high levels.

Homeowners have a handful of options when it comes to choosing blinds that keep out the heat. Window tint film is effective and easy to install. Blackout curtains prevent sunlight from penetrating through the windows during the sun’s most active hours, thereby helping keep the home cool.

2. Install Awnings

While closing the curtains during the day is an effective technique to block out the sun and corresponding heat, the continual darkness can be a source of distress. A soothing alternative is to install awnings, which provide cooling shade during the day while allowing light to enter the home.

3. Open Windows at Night

Nighttime temperatures, even in summer, are cooler than daytime ones. Opening multiple windows at nightfall allows the cross breeze to cool the interior parts of the home. Of course, while the windows are open, make sure the curtains are too, in order to invite the refreshing drafts of nighttime wind.

Opened windows at night

4. Place Ice in Front of the Fan

Ice produces cold air around it. Leverage this cool air by placing a bowl of ice in front of a running fan. When the fan blades whirl, the air chills as it passes over the ice. Keep the doors and windows shut to trap the cold air inside the room.

5. Cook Before Noon

Turning on the stovetop or oven produces heat in the kitchen, which then radiates to other rooms in the home. Rather than introduce more heat to an unbearably hot home, avoid cooking when outdoor temperatures are high. Instead, cook before noon or in the evening.

6. Run the Dehumidifier

Humidity is notorious for making a hot day even stickier and more uncomfortable. Although running the dehumidifier will not reduce the air temperature, it will control the humidity. Less humidity inside the home means less moisture—and dry air is far more pleasant.

7. Change the Direction of the Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan can rotate in either of two directions: clockwise or counter-clockwise. During the heat of summer, switch the direction of the ceiling fan so that the blades spin in a counter-clockwise direction. Air is subsequently forced downward, thereby cooling the room.

Ceiling fan in a home

8. Run Personal Fans

Personal fans are ideal for single rooms, making it an energy-saving method for cooling one part of the home. Although fans do not cool air, the whirling blades move air around. Angle the fan toward a hot area, so cooler air is drawn in and hot air is pushed out.

9. Upgrade to LED Bulbs

Light bulbs, like any other electrical equipment, emit heat. Inside temperatures rise when the lights are kept on. Energy-saving LED bulbs, in contrast, remain cool. If switching to LED bulbs right away is not possible, keep the lights off and use natural daylight in an effort to cool the home.

10. Purchase a Cooling Mattress

Mattress technology has come a long way, nowadays promoting sleep even during the hottest of nights. Featuring moisture-wicking covers or breathable foam cores, cooling mattresses are a worthwhile investment for sweat-free summer nights. Cooling sheets and pillows are also recommended.

11. Dampen the Sheets

Staying cool at night can be as easy as slightly moistening the covers and running the fan on low. The key is to avoid soaking the sheets. Excessively wet sheets can have unwanted consequences: causing the homeowner to catch a cold or have an uncomfortable time falling asleep.

12. Plant Trees or Shrubs

Sun-loving trees or large shrubs planted in front of windows can block out 70 percent of solar radiation. The foliage reduces surface and air temperatures under the shaded areas. When compared to unshaded areas, spots shaded by trees or other vegetation are lower in temperature.

In cool geographic regions, planting any type of deciduous tree will suffice. Heat tolerant plants that provide shade come in all varieties, some of which include sunflowers, corn, lemon grass, mimosa trees, dwarf fig trees, crape myrtle trees, and palms.

13. Invest in a Cool Roof

Cool roofs are designed to stay cool and reduce the amount of heat in the home. Painting the rooftop with light-colored paint is an affordable way to obtain the benefits of a cool roof. Once painted, the cool roof significantly reduces the home’s internal temperature.

Not running the air conditioner can have its benefits—namely, it prevents the water damage that can result from leaks originating in the AC. Homeowners can still face other disastrous cases of water damage. When you need water damage cleanup, consult the experts at ServiceMaster EMT.

We are a leader in water damage mitigation. Our skilled technicians arrive onsite to assess the extent of water damage. Using advanced water extraction equipment and powerful dehumidifiers, all excess moisture is removed from the property. Specialists then clean and restore affected items.

Water damage is not uncommon. A malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher can spew water. We tackle burst water pipes every day. Rainstorms and floods are natural causes of water damage. No matter what the cause or size of water damage, ServiceMaster EMT will restore your property fast.

Do not delay addressing water damage, since the destruction can rapidly spread. ServiceMaster EMT offers emergency water mitigation services. Our experienced crews are available 24 hours a day to respond to calls in Los Angeles, California and all of Southern California.

Contact us today at (800) 376-6678 for quality water damage restoration.

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