by Katelyn Yarnell
If you’re like me, you love coming out of the hot summer sun into a nice, cool home. However, you don’t like the electric bill that comes along with it. Luckily, there are several ways to cool down your house without cranking the AC. Do you want your house to feel 70 degrees while paying for an 80-degree electric bill? Read the tips below from this Huffington Post article:
- Keep your blinds closed – Have you ever had your blinds or curtains open and noticed the shaded part of your carpet is much cooler than the part where the sun is shining? Closing your blinds and curtains not only cools down your house, but can also save up to 7% on your bills.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise – Changing the direction of your fan may not seem like it would do much, but the change in airflow actually creates a wind-chill breeze effect that will keep you cool through the hot summer days.
- Open your windows at night – Most summer nights get down into the 70’s and sometimes even the 60’s. Leaving your windows open at night allows the cooler air into your home while also letting the breeze move the cool air all throughout the house.
- Start grilling – It’s no surprise that using your oven makes your house hotter. This is a great excuse to try some new recipes on the grill!
- Fan hack – Fill a bowl or pan with ice or an ice pack and place it in front of a fan. This instantly chills the air that blows with an ice-cold mist. You can place this throughout rooms in your home, or place it on your nightstand to help you sleep.
Do you have any tips to keep your house cool throughout the summer? Let us know below!
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Katelyn started working at MAX in July of 2016 and is an agent for personal lines. Outside of MAX, Katelyn loves spending time with her 5 nieces and 1 nephew, and rooting on the Jayhawks. She also enjoys volunteering for the Stop Hunger Now campaign at her church.