After a seemingly endless wait, the summer weather is finally upon us. This means days are spent relaxing by the pool, hanging out at the beach, enjoying cookouts with family and friends and going away on summer vacations. Unfortunately, it also means the oppressive heat and humidity in Winnipeg can keep you indoors and ruin your fun. To alleviate your discomfort, here are seven ways to keep your house cool in the summer.
1. Mind the Blinds
Although this might seem like an obvious tip, keeping your blinds and curtains closed can help a great deal if your house feels like it is overheating. Experts suggest that approximately 30 percent of the unwelcome heat in your home enters through uncovered windows, particularly those facing south and west. However, you can reduce indoor temperatures by simply drawing your shades, curtains and blinds. Better yet, do not open them at all when the forecast calls for hot and humid conditions.
2. Invest in Insulating Curtains
If you would like to step it up a notch, consider investing in insulated curtains, also known as blackout curtains. Once installed, intrusive sunlight will be blocked out and your home’s heat gain could be up to 33 percent lower with the aid of these plastic-backed, neutral-coloured curtains.
3. Create a Cold Front
Here is a handy DIY trick to help cool off your home: set up a mixing bowl full of ice at an angle in front of your trusty fan and crank it up. The air from the fan will create a mini cold front by blowing on the ice and spreading a chilly mist throughout the room. For best results, use a metal bowl and store it in the fridge beforehand to make it as cool as possible.
4. Adjust the Ceiling Fan
If you have a ceiling fan, you may have overlooked the fact that the settings need to be adjusted as the seasons change. During the hot summer months, your ceiling fan should spin in a counter-clockwise direction at high speed to simulate the effect of a pleasant chilly breeze.
5. Make Use of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans
In additional to stand alone fans and ceiling fans, other types of fans in your house or apartment can be quite useful to cool things off. Switch on your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to suck the heat and humidity out of the air, especially after you take a shower or cook a meal.
6. Put Your Windows to Work
Rather than just opening random windows and hoping for the best, force the hot air out by placing a box fan facing out of one window. Then, drape a damp sheet in front of another open window to replace the hot air with a refreshingly brisk current.
7. Take Advantage of the Night Air
When the temperature drops in the evening hours, take advantage of the cooler night air by opening those windows wide and positioning your fans to create a wonderful cross-breeze. This strategy may not be of much use during the day when your windows and curtains should be closed, but it should help you get a better sleep at night.
These tips all work to varying degrees, but nothing cools as well with refreshing and satisfying temperatures as a brand-new air conditioning unit. If you cannot stand the heat this summer, contact Weather Tech Heating & Cooling today and discover the true meaning of relief.
Steve De Vries is a “Red Seal” refrigeration technician with over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He has been a certified Lennox Premier technician since 2006. Steve is also a Master gas-fitter licensed by the province of Manitoba. Along with his Red Seal Provincial accreditation he also holds an electrical license. Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba, Steve has a very good understanding of a diverse climate and the affects it has on our construction. Well versed in duct design, fabrication, ventilation, and air quality, Steve understands all the variables to take into consideration for our region as well as the science to achieve desired comfort, which is so much more than just temperature.