When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Many of us are excited and looking forward to beach days, vacation time, and warm weather. Maybe you’re even excited for your new solar panels on these sunny days. But it isn’t all great; trying to keep cool during the summer can be a real problem in Connecticut for a whole lot of reasons.
Central air is ideal, but many historic homes in the area aren’t equipped with it. If you don’t have central air and you want air conditioning, you have to rely on windows or portable units. That would be great if old homes came with standard window sizes. But they don’t, and the right size unit can be hard to find. And after all that, no matter what kind of AC you select, it will really bring up those energy bills. So are you doomed to live a summer life of sleepless, sweaty nights? Well, no. All is not lost; try these tips for how to keep cool without AC this summer.
How to Keep Cool Without AC, As According to Wattson:
- Make use of your grill – The last thing you want to do is make your home hotter, so avoid turning on your oven as much as you can. This is the time to try out all those new burger recipes you were thinking about, so get outside and start grilling.
- Swap out your incandescent light bulbs – All light bulbs give off heat, but incandescent bulbs are the worst offenders. Ditch those old-fashioned lights and install some CFLs. Your home will be a little bit cooler and you’ll save some money on energy.
- Keep window blinds shut – When sunlight is allowed to come into your home, it increases the air temperature inside. We’re not saying you need to live in darkness all the time, but keeping your blinds and curtains shut can make a real difference in temperature. While you’re at it, consider insulating windows to keep cool air inside.
- Stay hydrated – Drinking water is a healthy habit to get into all day long, but it’s especially important in the summer. Staying hydrated will keep your body temperature lower and it will prevent you from sweating out all of the water your body needs.
- Wear loose clothing – Tight clothing doesn’t allow much room for air to circulate. During these hot days, wear loose clothing that leaves room for your skin to breathe. You’ll feel less constricted and cooler.
- Create an indoor cross breeze – Strategically placing fans near windows and around rooms can create your own personalized airflow. The circulation will have you cool in no time.
- Invest in some new sheets – You wouldn’t wear a fleece coat during the summer heat, so don’t use fleece or flannel sheets either. A fresh set of cotton sheets will allow air to flow through them easier, so your body heat won’t be trapped in the bed with you.
- Get creative with ice – Make your own icy breeze by placing a bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The air will circulate cold moisture from the ice around the room, cooling you off.
- Crack open the windows – Although summer nights are still typically warm, they are a lot cooler than the day time. Take advantage of the cooler nights and open your windows, but remember to close them before the morning heat comes in!
- Unplug your appliances – Even appliances that are turned off give off heat (and drain energy) when they are plugged in. Be sure to unplug electronics and appliances when they are not in use.
Don’t let the summer heat hold you back. Try these and other tips for keeping cool in summer. Still looking for ways to save energy? Get a home energy assessment from Energy Monster. We can help you to find areas where you are losing energy in your home, and we can come up with a plan to fix those problem areas. Schedule your HEA now.Return to Blog