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Beat the Heat! Top Tips for Renters to Keep Their Cool This Summer

Beat the Heat! Top Tips for Renters to Keep Their Cool This Summer

Beat the Heat!

Top Tips for Renters to Keep Their Cool This Summer

Summer is here! With the heat comes the challenge of keeping your home cool without taking a hit in the wallet. We fortunately live in a dry climate where the temperatures drop significantly once the sun goes down, but it can still get pretty hot in your rental. We know you have limited control over your living space as a renter, but there are some effective ways to combat the heat. Read below for some practical tips to help you stay cool and comfortable during the sweltering summer months.

1. Optimize Airflow

Good airflow is key to maintaining a cool home. Open windows during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning and late evening, and let in fresh air. The wind is usually enough to create air flow, but you may consider adding box fans in windows to create a cross-breeze. This will pull cool air in and push the warm air out. If your home has ceiling fans, make sure they are set to rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling effect.

2. Block the Sun

Sunlight streaming through your windows can quickly raise the temperature inside your home. Newer windows actually block some of the heat, so be sure to keep them closed during the hot periods. Close the shades or blackout curtains to block out the sun during the hottest parts of the day.

3. Use Fans Wisely

Fans are great for circulating air and providing relief from the heat. Place portable fans in strategic locations, such as near windows or in the rooms where you spend the most time. For an extra cooling boost, try placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan to create a DIY air conditioner. Keep in mind the air flow doesn't actually lower the room temperature, so running a fan in an empty room is pointless unless you are drawing in cooler air from outside.

4. Switch to Cooler Bedding

Lightweight, breathable bedding materials like cotton or linen can make a big difference in keeping you cool at night. These fabrics wick moisture away from the body and allow air to circulate, helping you stay comfortable. Consider using a cooling mattress pad for added comfort.

5. Cook Smart

Using your stove or oven can significantly increase the temperature inside your home. You can opt for no-cook meals, use a microwave, or take advantage of outdoor grilling to keep your home cooler. If you need to cook indoors, try to do so during the cooler parts of the day.

6. Limit Electronic Use

Electronics generate heat, so minimizing their use can help keep your home cooler. Turn off computers, televisions, and other devices when not in use. Unplug chargers and appliances to prevent them from generating unnecessary heat.

7. Take Cool Showers

A cool shower, bath, or soaking in the lake can help lower your body temperature and provide relief from the heat. After your shower, allow yourself to air dry or use a fan to enhance the cooling effect. If you soak long enough to lower your body temperature, the effect can last for hours.

8. Create a Cool Zone

Designate a room or area in your home as a "cool zone" where you focus your cooling efforts rather than trying to cool the entire space. Use fans, portable air conditioners, a DIY ice fan (a bowl of ice in front of a fan), or even a portable evaporative cooler to keep this space extra cool. Spend time in this area during the hottest parts of the day.

9. Dress Lightly

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and breathable clothing. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen are better at keeping you cool than synthetic materials. Light colors also reflect heat better than dark colors.

10. Optimize Your Air Conditioner

If you are fortunate enough to have an air conditioner, use it efficiently. Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, typically around 78°F (25°C) when you're home and higher when you're away. Clean or replace the filters regularly to ensure optimal performance. Again, supplementing with a fan can dramatically increase the effect.

By implementing these tips, renters can stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer months without breaking the bank. Experiment with these strategies to find what works best for your living situation, and enjoy a cooler, more enjoyable summer!