As the summer heat begins to intensify, many of us are looking for ways to cool down a room without relying on the air conditioner. Here are some tips on how to keep your rental home cool in the summer.
Keep Blinds Closed
Sometimes, the easiest solutions are also the best; utilizing blinds will cool down any indoor space with windows. In fact, closing blinds and curtains can decrease your home’s temperature by as much as twenty degrees.
Turn Off the Heat
Believe it or not, things like incandescent light bulbs, televisions, and more electric utilities can create a significant amount of heat over time. Clothing dryers are another more obvious source of heat and you can keep your electricity bill low in summer by hanging your clothes to air dry as much as possible.
Ceiling Fans Rotate Counter-Clockwise
Did you know you can maximize the cooling effect of ceiling fans when temperatures rise? By reversing the rotation of the blades, the fans will push the warmth to the ceiling instead of blowing it to your direction.
Nobody likes firing up the oven when it’s already hot outside. To cut down on heat indoors, use an outdoor grill to cook as much as you can—or prepare things in a toaster oven or on the stovetop when possible.
Let in the Night Air
During summer months, temperatures may drop during the night. If this is the case where you live, make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking the windows before you go to bed. Just remember to close the windows and blinds before things get too hot in the morning.
If you don’t want to rely on AC to stay cool this summer, don’t sweat it; just try one or more of these tips to keep your rental home at a comfortable climate.