No A/C ? No Problem. Here are some tips to help you stay cool even without an Air Conditioning Unit.
Point that fan out. As good as it feels to have air blow over you as you sleep, you can cool your room quicker by taking a boxy window fan and pointing it out, not in. This pulls warm air from the room and pushes it outside.
Reverse ceiling fans. In the summer, make sure your ceiling fans spin counter-clockwise. Instead of blowing the warm air on you, this will pull hot air up and out.
Choose the right bedding. When it comes to staying cool during those hot summer nights, cotton is the way to go. Choose a light sheet made of 100 percent cotton, and avoid polyester and synthetics at all costs. Buckwheat pillows are an added bonus because they won’t hold on to your body heat.
Frosty bottle. You’ve heard of a hot water bottle, right? Well these helpful toe warmers can also keep you cool during the summer. Stick the bottle in the freezer, and slide it between your sheets before bed.
Make use of your bathroom fan. Have a bathroom right off the bedroom? Turn on the overhead fan and leave the door open to let the fan pull the rising hot air out of your room as you sleep. Kitchen exhaust fans can do the same thing.
Keep your blinds closed. Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Closing the blinds and utilizing shades and curtains can lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees and saving you up to 7 percent on bills. Investing in blackout curtains could be helpful in preventing sunlight from naturally insulating rooms.
Close doors to unused rooms. Prevent cool air from permeating unused areas during the heat of the day. Use the cooler night hours to let air flow naturally throughout your home.
Start grilling. Although standing by the grill on a hot summer day may not sound appealing initially, it sure beats using your oven or stove in the summer making your house hotter.
These are just a few tips in keeping cool for summer. Good luck!
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