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In warmer months, it’s tempting to crank the AC or plant yourself in front of the nearest fan. But these aren’t the only tricks to keeping cool. It turns out there are plenty of ways to buffer your home from the heat without racking up your electric bill.

Keep Your Blinds Closed

As simple as this tip may seem, it can save a lot. In fact, up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Utilizing shades and curtains can save you up to 7 percent on bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Closing the blinds essentially prevents your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse, which is especially the case with south and west facing windows.

Be Smart About Your Doors

Closing off unused rooms will prevent cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to capitalize on the cooler night hours, too, letting air flow naturally through your home.

Use a Ceiling Fan Instead of Turning on the AC

Not even an air conditioner can give off a fake sea breeze, unfortunately. But you can create your own by filling a mixing bowl with ice and positioning it at an angle in front of a large fan. The air from the fan will whip off the ice in an extra-chilled, extra-misty state. You can get a nice breeze going and you can save money by not using your AC. Killing two birds with one stone!

You may not realize that your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Set your ceiling fan to run counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed. The fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your family feel cooler.

Swap Your Sheets

Not only does seasonally switching your bedding freshen up a room, it’s also a great way to keep cool. While textiles like flannel sheets and fleece blankets are fantastic for insulation, cotton is a smarter move this time of year as it breathes easier and stays cooler. As an added bonus, buy yourself a buckwheat pillow or two. Buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them so they won’t hold on to your body heat like conventional pillows, even when packed together in a pillow case.

Sleep Low

Heat rises, so hit the downstairs couch or basement, or put your mattress on the floor if the air feels cooler. Make sure there are no monsters in the basement before setting up shop, though!

Let the Night Air In

During the summer months, temperatures may drop during the night. Make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking the windows before you go to bed. You can even create a wind tunnel by strategically setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze. Just be sure to close the windows and blinds before things get too hot in the morning.

 Start Grilling

Using your oven or stove in the summer will make your house hotter. If it already feels like 100 degrees in your home, the last thing you want to do is turn on a 400-degree oven. Besides, who doesn’t want to get more mileage out of their outdoor furniture and seasonal accessories?

Make sure your AC unit is working properly and call the experts at AJ Danboise for a maintenance check! We have the expert technicians who are certified in their work and know how to get the job done right. Keep cool during the rest of this summer season and make sure your AC is functioning properly today! Call today at 1-248-236-5999!

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