It sure has been hot lately!
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Southern Oregon, it is HOT. Not only is it hot, but the smoke from the California Wildfires is blowing in, and we’ve been having occasional thunderstorms, so it’s been humid as well.
During times like these, my family spends a lot of time indoors with the air conditioner running (we have a wall unit). Since running the a/c can get expensive, I look for ways to keep the house cool, so I don’t have to run the a/c around the clock. These are some of the things I do.
In the morning the air is nice and cool, so I open the windows to let the cool air in as soon as I wake up. The cool morning air allows me to keep the a/c off until noon.
Summer is a time where we grill outside, grill inside, use the crockpot…everything but use the oven. Turning the oven on heats up our small house in an instant, and once it’s hot, it’s hard to cool down.
Turning all the lights off during the day keeps the house cool, too. Fortunately we get enough sunlight through the windows that we don’t have to turn the lights on at all during the day.
Fortunately almost all of our windows are North/South facing, so we don’t have to worry about getting lots of heat from the sun. Our bedroom window faces east, though, so I keep the drapes closed in the morning.
Right now we don’t have any west-facing windows, but when my husband and I were first married, almost all the windows in our apartment faced west. Keeping the blinds closed in the afternoons helped cool things down a bit.
Ceiling fans work great, as do free-standing fans. If you have a window or wall a/c, strategically placing fans throughout the house can circulate the cool air all the way through the house, so it’s not hot on one end and freezing on the other.
This works really well if you have a window or wall a/c unit. During the day, I close the doors to all the bedrooms and the bathrooms. The a/c only has to cool the living areas of the house, saving energy…and money.
When it’s just too hot to handle around here, I just get out of the house. I go to the air conditioned library to read, browse a bookstore (if I’m fairly confident I can leave without buying something), or head to a restaurant to buy a cold drink. On a Tuesday or Wednesday morning, I might head to the dollar movies with the kids.
That’s how I stay cool without spending a lot of money. What about you? Do you have any tips for keeping the house cool without paying a fortune?
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