As March turns to April and April turns to May, many people all over the globe are preparing for the arrival of summer. If you live in an area that’s pretty temperate, you likely don’t have to worry about getting your home ready to withstand the heat. But if you’re someone who lives in a hot summer climate, now’s the best time to start thinking about what you can do to ensure that the summer heat doesn’t suck all of the life out of these next few months for you and your family.
To help you with this, here are three tips for keeping your home comfortable in the summer heat.
Vary Your Thermostat Temperature
While it’s much easier to just set and forget the thermostat for your home, doing so won’t necessarily help you keep your home at the optimal temperature during the days and nights of summer. Because of this, Dana McMahan, a contributor to NBC News, recommends that you vary the temperature in which you set your thermostat based on the time of day and even the weather outside.
Ideally, you should set your thermostat a little warmer during the day when you’re not even home to enjoy it. But once you get back home, and for better sleep at night, you may want to turn the temperature down a bit. If you have a smart thermostat, this can be taken care of automatically. Otherwise, just try to remember to manually adjust it as necessary.
Keep Lights And Appliances Off
There are plenty of things within your home that can make your house feel much hotter than it otherwise would. To trick with this is figuring out what those things are that are creating heat and finding a way to stop them or only use them strategically.
According to Ursula Nwobu, a contributor to the Huffington Post, the biggest and most obvious things that create extra heat in your home are the lights and your larger appliances. With this in mind, you should try to keep your lights off as much as possible and unplug any larger appliances when not in use to help your home stay cooler.
Choose The Right Window Coverings
Not only can things inside your home be heating things up, but the amount of sunlight that you allow into your home from the outside can also increase your indoor temperature considerably.
To combat this, Alan Henry, a contributor to the New York Times, recommends that you get shades or other window coverings with a white backing that faces toward the window. With this, your shades will reflect back the light, helping you to keep the heat from easily penetrating into your home.
If you want to keep your home at a comfortable temperature this summer without necessarily having to blast your a/c around the clock, consider implementing the tips mentioned above once it starts to heat up in your hometown.