How to cool down your home in summer

Keeping your home cool can be a challenge when the summer heat intensifies. Let's beat the heat with some simple and smart practices.

As the summer heat intensifies, keeping your home cool can be a challenge. With a few simple and smart practices, you can create your own refreshing oasis within your four walls. Let’s beat the heat!

  • Shut your windows
    Summertime calls for opening your doors and windows. A minor setback is that you’re probably letting in warm outside air. Crack up your windows only when the air outside is cool, such as in the early morning or late evening. Keep your curtains and blinds closed to block the sunlight during the day.

  • Cross-ventilation
    If your apartment has windows on opposite walls, take advantage of cross-ventilation. Open windows strategically to create a breeze that can naturally cool down your living space. Place fans near windows to facilitate air movement and enhance the circulation of fresh air. Consider placing a bowl of ice or a damp towel in front of the fan for an extra burst of coolness.

  • Stay lazy
    Try to use your appliances as little as possible, as appliances generate heat. Don’t vacuum, don’t use your oven, and try to prepare meals that require minimal cooking. Avoid using your washing machine during the hottest times of the day and opt for air-drying your clothes instead of using your dryer. To keep your rental apartment cool and comfortable, it’s best to be not at home during the day. You might not notice it directly, but your home heats up while you're in it.

  • Energy-efficient lighting
    Many lightbulbs produce more heat than light. Switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs, which emit less heat and help keep your home cooler. Reduce the use of unnecessary lighting and take advantage of natural light during the day.

  • Create a green oasis
    Plants not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your rental apartment but can also help to keep it cool. Place potted plants strategically near windows to provide shade and reduce the temperature inside. Certain plants, like snake plants, aloe vera, and peace lilies, are known for their air-purifying properties while adding a refreshing touch to your living space.

  • Keep your head cool
    Stay hydrated and cool yourself. Keep your body cool by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. It lowers your body temperature, which makes you more comfortable.

Of course, a combination of these tips will likely lead to the best results. Good luck with keeping it cool!

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