Summer in Minnesota can get hot, humid, and unbearable. When heat indexes are on the rise, know there is so much more you can do to keep your house cool than cranking up that air conditioning, which means cranking up that bill.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Over time, dust and pollutants can build up in your air ducts 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 professional can save you money and prevent ailments like asthma from occurring or getting worse. 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.
Draw the Shades
Windows produce a ton of extra heat in your home, especially on a sunny day. Drawing the shades and closing your blinds before you leave for work in the morning can keep extra heat out, and keep your air conditioning from working extra hard to combat that temperature. West-facing windows are going to get hit with the sunniest part of the day, so definitely keep those windows covered while you don’t need them.
Invest in Blackout Curtains
In addition to closing your blinds, investing in 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’re a great investment!
Sleep With Cooling Sheets
This doesn’t keep your house cool, but it can keep you cool which is why we want to turn down that air conditioning, to begin with, right? 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. Make sure you have an osculating fan in your room at night which can help circulate the cool air around the room, and keep it cooler in the humidity.
Don’t Cook in the Oven
Gather your friends and family for grill-outs! Or, just enjoy having an intimate weeknight dinner of burgers and brats for yourself. Either way, 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 temperatures drop to the 70s and even upper 60s. This can be perfect weather and a time to take advantage of opening those windows for some fresh air and give the AC a break. A nice rainstorm can be calming for sleep, but also refresh the home with some cooler winds, as long as it’s not humid.
Run the Ceiling Fan Counter-clockwise
If you have a ceiling fan, it’s good to know 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 cool air down and is what you want running during the hot summer months. The cool breeze effect will make it seem cooler than it actually is. On the other hand, a clockwise turn, on low, will draw cool air upwards and is best for winter weather.
Keep Unused Rooms Closed
To truly utilize the cooling air conditioning, and cool the house down overall, close the doors to rooms that aren’t being used or aren’t regular living areas like laundry rooms, 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. Close your bedroom doors before bedtime so you can walk into a nice, cool environment for sleeping. Sounds nice, right?
Follow these tips and you should be living in a blissfully cool house this summer. Remember though, a blocked or dirty air duct can negate all that work your air conditioner is doing, so please call us anytime or request a free quote for air duct cleaning and maintenance. Stay cool!