Heatwaves are among the most dangerous natural hazards, posing a major risk to everyone’s health. Fortunately, even when the sun is beating down, there are still ways to cool your home. Read on to find out the best hacks to cool down your home in a heatwave!
1. Keep the heat out as much as possible by closing window shades and curtains during the day.
You may also use window treatments to block out sunlight. This helps keep your home a bit cooler and more bearable during a heatwave.
However, when it’s cooler outside than inside your home, specifically in the evening and at night, opening the windows will help cool your home.
2. For rooms without air conditioners, using box fans and ceiling fans can promote air circulation throughout the house.
Placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan may push cool air around the home, too. In case the ice cubes melt too quickly, bottles of frozen water should last longer.
3. Another brilliant trick to keep in mind: open your windows during the evening, then place a fan facing out of the window.
This will push the heat out. Place a second fan inwards to get cool air circulating into your home.
The direction of the fan matters as well. Set fans to rotate counterclockwise to create a downdraft resulting in a cooling sensation. When the fans are rotating clockwise, the updraft helps distribute warm air from your heating system.
4. If you can help it, avoid using major appliances in a heatwave.
Appliances such as ovens, washers, and dishwashers give off heat when used.
If possible, use only these appliances when it’s cooler outside than inside, and when your AC isn’t straining to cool your home. Also, limit the number of hours you’re using them so you’re not introducing more heat in an already scorching hot environment.
5. Make sure your AC is working properly.
On extremely hot days, you’d want a perfectly functional air conditioner.
A properly maintained system can make your home much more comfortable and bearable when it’s hot outside. It’s smart to make sure your unit is maintained diligently by checking for dirty filters, bad condensers, refrigerant leaks, etc.
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