Check Out These Simple Tips to Naturally Cool Your Home


A hot day in the middle of summer can be a good reason to keep your air conditioning running. But it’ll also crank up your energy bills, so how can you keep your cool while saving money?

Whether you need to cool down your home for an hour or a whole summer, here are some great ways to naturally cool your home without switching on your air conditioning unit.

Use a Reverse Ceiling Fan

In summer, you’ve probably got your ceiling fan spinning for all it’s worth. But did you know that most fans spin the wrong way? That’s right. The blades on most fans rotate clockwise in winter.

But in the summer, you want to blow air down into the room to create a wind-chill effect. To do this, you need a reverse-rotating fan – a fan that rotates counterclockwise.

Most modern fans have a switch on the side of the motor that can change the rotation direction. You can also flip the blades around if there’s no switch available; just make sure they’re equally spaced around the motor.

Use Blackout Curtains During the Day

Blackout curtains aren’t just for people who work night shifts or have a new baby. While they help block light at any time of day, their ability to block heat is especially helpful during the summer months. This can help keep rooms cooler — and make it easier for your air conditioner to do its job when you need it most.

Blackout shades aren’t limited to large windows: You can also dress up smaller windows with mini blinds in black or dark hues like navy or charcoal gray.

Embrace Your Crockpot & Keep Your Cool in the Kitchen

The heat from cooking with a stove or an oven can make a warm day feel unbearable. When you add in the steam from boiling water, hot food or liquids, and the humidity from cooking with grease, it can become too much to bear.

Crockpots are often used during the colder months when hearty meals like stews are especially welcome. However, crockpots can be great tools during summer as well. Not only do they help keep your kitchen cooler than when using your oven or stovetop, but slow cookers also save energy because they use less electricity than stoves and ovens. Why not try a delicious crockpot recipe and wow your family with your cool culinary skills?

Make Popsicles With the Family

Who doesn’t love a refreshing popsicle on a sunny day? Rather than buying popsicles, have a go at making your own. They’re easy to make, and the kids can create their own flavor.

Freeze some fruit for a healthy popsicle substitute. Or try mixing different flavors together for a variety of options. You can also freeze pureed fruit or pure fruit juice for a more traditional popsicle-style snack. The kids will think you’re the coolest parent ever!

Open the Windows At Night

Cooling a home consumes a lot of energy, but during summer nights, the temperature usually drops enough to cool down the house using nothing but natural ventilation.

The outside temperature will help cool your home and create a nice breeze while you sleep. To make the most of this trick, open your windows on opposite sides of the room to create a cross-breeze.

Invest In a Whole House Fan

The outside temperature will help cool your home and create a nice breeze while you sleep. To make the most of this trick, open your windows on opposite sides of the room to create a cross-breeze.

A whole house fan is a large fan installed in the attic. The fan pulls air in through open windows and exhausts it through the attic and roof. The fan can completely exchange the air in your home every three to four minutes.

Don’t Forget to Book Your AC Maintenance

While most air conditioning systems are designed to last for decades and provide years of reliable service, they require regular maintenance to ensure that they’re continually operating at their best. If you don’t have AC maintenance, you may be stuck in the heat without a working air conditioner.

Don’t wait until your AC breaks to call the experts. Instead, book your AC tune-up today with Service Legends – thorough & comprehensive air conditioner maintenance that keeps your unit in peak condition.

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