Stay Cool Tips for Summer Heat

The sun is shining, the days are balmy, and your back is getting stickier as we delve deeper and deeper into the summer months. Your home should be a sanctuary where you can keep cool and remain relaxed even when the weather is trying to induce sweat ridden moments. To have a home in working order this summer, you need to ensure that your home maintenance is up to date, that your garden is ready to be enjoyed, and that you have temperature lowering equipment within your home. Take a look at the best ways of ensuring you remain cool in your home during the summer.


AC Units


Many AC units get used for a month or two every year never to be switched on again. As such, they can become faulty and require maintenance just to make sure that they are still working. A simple service every now and then should suffice and if you have a couple of warranties, you may even have your annual maintenance covered. AC units are worth their weight in gold when it is like a sauna outside. Venture into your home and you are greeted by cool, fresh air, and you immediately feel calmer, less flustered and way more comfortable. While expensive to install initially, if you live somewhere where the climate can become unbearable during the summer, you need one.
Hacks

Keeping your home cool needn’t require oodles of swanky equipment. Instead, there are a few hacks that you can use to help keep your home cool. Your humble abode may retain a lot of heat if it is energy efficient. The chances are that you open windows to try and keep your home cool. If you do, ensure that drapes are drawn or blinds are closed. While this might seem counterintuitive, it keeps the direct sunlight and heat out of your living spaces. You also might be tempted to whip up a fan or two. Instead of rotary fans, get yourself a tower fan. This distributes cool air much more efficiently. Use ice packs, have cool showers, and sleep on cotton sheets. These simple hacks can help you to feel more comfortable in the summer.
Gardens

If your garden is blessed with being south facing, you may have a bit of a sun trap on your hands. This can be joyous but also uncomfortable in the midday heat. Try to create a shady spot with an awning or an umbrella over some garden furniture. Put a wading pool out in the garden and dip your feet in every now and then. Enjoy an ice pop or two, keep sipping some cold water and maintain your hydration when outdoors, and don’t be too active in the midday sun. If you enjoy gardening, make sure you do your green-fingered tasks in the morning or evening. Keep your plants watered and you can maintain a beautiful garden even in extremely hot climates.


Your home is your safe haven no matter what the month or what the climate. Follow this guide and use some of these strategies to help your home stay cool this summer.
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Terri Steffes
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  1. These are such great tips as the weather tends to get so hot right now in the summer! We usually keep our binds and drapes closed like you said to help keep the house cool!

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    1. Keeping the drapes closed has helped the house be at least 10 degrees cooler.

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  2. I know what you mean we don't use our air conditioning unless we need to and only in July and August usually. A shady outdoor area seems nice in summer to cool off outside.

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  3. I love these tips to stay cool this summer. We've had some pretty hot days here in NH and also been camping in some of the hottest days (in a tent). Going to use some of your tips.

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  4. My wife loves summer, but I overheat easily. It's so important for me to stay cool.

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  5. We live in the south so our AC unit gets a good workout in the summer. I can see how it would not be used as much in other parts of the country.

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  6. I am loving this umbrella its not the standard home hardware store umbrella, its got a little style to it! Unfortunately it has been a pretty cold winter here but I love these ideas all the same!

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  7. I always keep my blinds and curtains closed to keep the sun out. While it does make some rooms more bright and cheery it does heat up the house quite a bit. These are great tips.

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  8. It gets really hot here when summer so we use AC a lot. The heat is not bearable in our house.

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  9. I really enjoyed reading this post. We had a heatwave all last week and we’re expecting another one next week. I can’t wait to implement your tips.

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  10. These are all such great tips. We have ac, and I don't know what I'd do without it. It really is helpful when it's really hot outside.

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  11. I wish I was better with our garden! We've been getting SO MUCH RAIN these past few weeks though, it's almost too much, puddles everywhere! Great tips though! We just had our AC serviced to make sure it's running well.

    Tabitha Blue
    https://freshmommyblog.com

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  12. Great tips!! My kids love being outside but it’s so hot. I often struggle. These will be helpful! - Jeanine

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  13. It's amazing how much a garden can brighten a home. I never thought about it contributing to a cooler environment.

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  14. Love your tips, we need to get working on our garden and remodeling our backyard

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  16. Great tips! We have an outdoor umbrella in our deck too, but our house is surrounded with maple trees so we get a lot of shade.

    -LYNNDEE

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  17. These are great tips, we have porch, as house is east west facing we get sun all around day. we have planted trees but they are small.

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  18. BB LIVES IN AC. Besides living in Florida, menopause, and just preferring cool weather, Babushka can't imagine a world without her air conditioner. Gracias for this post, a definite keeper.

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