Call it climate warming, but the summers in Minnesota are getting hotter, more humid, and more unbearable. When heat indexes are on the rise, there are other ways you can keep your house cool rather than cranking up the air conditioner, which means a higher electric bill. Try some of these tips.
Close Blinds and Shades
Windows produce a ton of extra heat in your home, especially on a sunny day. Keeping the shades and blinds closed in the morning can keep extra heat out, and prevent your air conditioning from working extra hard to combat that temperature.
Invest in Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains can work wonders when it comes to keeping heat out, or IN in the winter months. Blackout curtains are thick to block out the sunlight, but also the inside is reflective to the outside to keep from soaking up any more of the sun’s heat. In older homes, they can help with any leaky windows from letting hot or cool air in, which saves you money! They are also great for those LONG days in the summer, where the sun wakes us up before our alarm or is still up when we wind down for bed. They are definitely a great investment!
Change your Sheets
You should have different sheets for each season, especially in Minnesota where we get to experience every single type of weather. Swap out your winter flannel or fleece sheets for a more breathable fabric like bamboo, cotton, or linen. The lighter fabrics like cotton are going to be naturally cooling, which improves sleep because our bodies actually prefer cold to sleep. Cooling mattress pads and pillows are also a great way to stay cool at night.
Instead of using your oven, opt for grilling outside. Using the oven to cook dinner can really heat up your house, and most things you are cooking in the oven can be made on the grill! Make the switch and enjoy the outdoors, then bring it inside to eat your delicious meal in the nice, cool, air conditioning in your home.
Take Advantage of Cooler Evenings
Summer evenings can see cooler temperatures, which is perfect weather to open those windows for some fresh air and to give the AC a break.
Run the Ceiling Fan Counterclockwise
If you have a ceiling fan, did you know that there is a switch on the side or top of its motor that can change the direction to clockwise or counterclockwise? A counter-clockwise turn will push the cool air down and is the way you should have your fan running during the hot summer months. On the other hand, a clockwise turn, will draw cool air upwards and is best for winter weather.
Keep Unused Rooms Closed
To fully maximize your air conditioning, and cool the house down overall, close the doors to rooms that aren’t being used or aren’t regular living areas. Rooms like the laundry room, spare bedrooms, bathrooms. If you have central air vents, close those vents, which will help force that air to the other parts of the house you need cooled down.
Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Dust and pollutants can build up in your air ducts over time and, aside from causing potential respiratory problems, it can keep your central air conditioning from working properly. Getting your air ducts cleaned out by a Service Master professional can save you money. Don’t let your ducts turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, mold spores, and other microbes, call us to get them cleaned properly and boost that air conditioning.
Follow these tips and enjoy a cool summer. Remember though, a blocked or dirty air duct can negate all that work your air conditioner is doing, so call us or request a free quote for air duct cleaning and maintenance. Stay cool!
This is an updated blog. The original was first published here on July 17, 2019.