There’s a lot to like about summer. Cookouts, pool parties and vacations are just a few examples. But, you’re not going crazy if you feel that the temperature has been warmer than ever: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has even stated that June 2019 was the hottest ever on record across the globe. Higher-than-ever temperatures are forcing people to crank up the AC, which has led to other issues like power outages since the electric grid is pushed to its limits. So, how can you keep your home comfortable in the blistering heat? We have a few cost-efficient suggestions that will help you stay cool through the dog days of summer.
1. Blackout the sun
Blackout curtains do a great job at keeping out sunlight—a heavy contributor to your home’s interior heat. Some brands even claim their blackout curtains can keep out 99% of sunlight. On average, you can save up to 10% of heat/cold loss compared to using standard blinds or curtains. Even better, during the winter months, blackout curtains can help KEEP IN heat by preventing thermal loss through your windows.
2. use the proper insulation for your home
Having your home properly insulated is key to regulating the temperature in your house. Insulation is a thermal barrier, meaning it slows the transfer of heat. This keeps your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. If you’re keeping the cool air inside, it also means lower costs from running the air conditioning less, so it’s more affordable to keep your home comfortable for longer. If you’re looking to update or replace your insulation, JM has a wide breadth of products suited for your DIY needs as well as plenty to online resources to help you get started.
3. go with the airflow
One of the biggest reasons why it can feel so miserable inside your home is a lack of airflow. If you have poor air circulation throughout your home, humid and stagnate air sits and makes you feel hotter than it really is. A simple and affordable way to help alleviate this is to use fans. Whether they’re ceiling fans or portable floor fans, proper air circulation will help you feel better inside your home. You can even fill a mixing bowl with ice and position it at an angle in front of a large fan so the air whips off the ice, providing you a cool breeze and a cheap AC solution.
We hope these tips help you stay cool and comfortable during this record-setting summer.
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