Summer is here. And if you’re like most people, you are already beginning to feel the heat. Unfortunately relying on central A/C is not always an option for all home owners. Take those individuals living in older homes for example. Unless they’ve had something new installed, chances are high they are left to beat the heat with strategically placed electric fans and plenty of iced tea.
Well, keep reading because in this article I will share some tips for staying cool this summer that will provide you with immediate relief, all without breaking the bank.
Even for those who do own homes with central air already installed, adding the cost-effective benefit of solar shades into homes seeing 90 degree-plus heat outside will save money on cooling costs.
Available online or in local stores, solar shades provide you with an attractive screen that prevents your home from being bombarded by heat from the sun, while still keeping the outside view completely intact. A proper solar shade basically reflects the sunlight away from your windows. They come in many different attractive colors to meet the needs of your existing decor. And the price is not something that will put you into great debt, either. For the money spent, this is a must own in hot areas. Solar shades can provide tremendous value with their energy-saving abilities.
Despite the impression you may have gotten from certain home improvement shows, ceiling fans are still very much a must own for keeping homes cool. Modern ceiling fans are cost-effective, provide temperature distribution in both the summer and winter, and they come in so many different styles that they’ll fit into the feel of any home regardless of decor.
Like solar shades, a new ceiling fan will help to distribute the cool air during the summer months while providing relief by pushing the heat downward in the winter. This is done via a control switch or cord, located on newer ceiling fans that change the wind direction. Each fan is different, so be sure to see the manufacturer’s instructions on how to take advantage of this great feature.
Staying cool — use what works
As you can see above, simply by keeping the air moving in the right direction and blocking the excess sun from invading your home, these tips can do wonders for keeping your house as cool as possible.
If solar shades and ceiling fans are simply not enough, there is no shame in buying an in-window or exhaust hose type air conditioner to extract the hot air. Used in rooms you spend most of time, this will give you a refuge from the heat. Pair your new A/C unit with a ceiling fan or solar shade to get the maximum relief from the heat.
Whatever approach you take, these solutions will provide relief from the heat for a price that cannot be beat.