Home Tips June 19, 2024

Keep Your House Cool

Five Ways to Keep Your House Cool (That Don’t Involve Air Conditioning)

As summer temperatures rise, you may be wondering how to keep your house cool. Of course, air conditioning provides the relief most desire. However some may not have air conditioning, or for those who would like to manage their energy costs, there are other effective and efficient ways to make indoor temperatures more comfortable. Use these five strategies to beat the heat without relying solely on air conditioning.

Let the fresh air in. 

Making use of natural ventilation can significantly reduce the temperature inside your home. During the cooler hours of the day, open your windows to create cross-ventilation and allow fresh air to flow through your home. Use ceiling fans, in conjunction with open windows, to enhance air circulation.

Block out the sun.

Direct sunlight can quickly make your home uncomfortably warm. Keep blinds, curtains or shades closed during the hottest parts of the day. Consider investing in heat-reflective window films or blackout curtains that are designed to minimize heat from the sun. 

Landscape wisely.

A little bit of strategic outdoor landscaping can go a long way in terms of natural shade and cooler indoor temperatures. To create a natural barrier against sunlight, plant trees and shrubs on the sunny side of your house to create a natural barrier against sunlight. Trees whose leaves fall in the autumn are a great choice, because they offer shade in the summer while also allowing sunlight to filter through during the colder months. 

Insulate properly. 

Proper insulation minimizes heat or cold transfer through walls, ceilings and floors. A well-insulated home saves you money and also keeps temperatures more comfortable – both in the summer and in the winter. Make sure the insulation in your attic and walls is up-to-date and properly installed. It’s an investment that will pay off in the long run. 

Build and design with cool materials and colors. 

Certain building materials and color choices can have a significant impact on your home’s temperature. Roofing materials with high solar reflectance (synthetic, slate and specially made solar-reflecting shingles, for example) help reduce heat absorption, as do lighter-colored exterior paints. Inside, opt for light-colored, natural materials on surfaces to keep things cooler.

 

A comfortable living environment is essential for your health and well-being. By implementing these five strategies, you can keep your house cooler without relying only on air conditioning. For other home trends and tips, click here.