Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Naturally Cooling Your Home

Ann Arbor weather can be unpredictable—snow one day, ninety degrees the next! But whether you’re suffering from a broken air conditioner or just want to save a few bucks on your AC bill, there are plenty of ways naturally cool your home. Let us tell you a few!

Cooling Yourself

When it’s eighty degrees and humid, the best thing you can do is wear light clothes and eat and drink cool options like salads and sandwiches. According to Huffington Post, sleeping on a lower floor in your house can also be helpful. A truly original way to chill is to freeze your cotton sheets before bed—that provides the maximum amount of cool-down when you sleep!

Cooling Your Home

Lowering temperatures in your home can be as simple as closing your blinds. According to Family Handyman, 30% of unwanted heat comes from your windows! If you want a bit of fresh air, open them at night. When the sun goes down, air becomes considerably cooler, so opening your windows can help provide a bit of chill inside your home.

Unconventional Solutions

Avoid using your oven! If Ann Arbor temperatures are already too hot to handle, preheating your oven to 350º won’t give you any relief. Instead, turn to your outdoor grill—there are plenty of delicious summer dishes ready for your plate.

There are a few hacks you can try, too—ice fans and chillows are just two of them.

An ice fan is essentially a box fan angled to blow at a bowl of ice or an ice pack. The vapor coming off your cold source is then blown into the room—cold air sinks and helps to reduce heat. A “Chillow” is a real product that you can buy—it’s a pillow with frozen water in it—or you can try making your own. There are plenty of DIY tutorials online. These chilly pillows can reduce headaches and help you sleep through hot summer nights.

And if all else fails, keep in mind that a repair is just one call away.

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