Clean Tips For Staying Cool This Summer
Let’s face it: It’s hot out. And the dog days of summer are only going to get hotter. Here’s some tips for keeping cool this summer:
- Close The Blinds
Did you know that up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from your windows? Closing your window shades, curtains or blinds can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
- Chill On The Appliances
Using your dishwasher’s energy saving setting (or turn it off early) and letting your dishes air dry will reduce the amount of heat your dishwasher lets off. Likewise, for your dryer, add a clean, dry bath towel to a load of jeans or other heavy items to reduce drying time and unwelcome heat in the house.
- Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise in the summer. Then turn up the speed. The fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your guests “feel” cooler.
- Take A Load Off
Sunscreen, chlorine, sand and body oils can break down the elastic in your swimsuit. To keep your bathing suit fresh, always give it a rinse in cold water when taking off. Then hand wash with gentle laundry detergent in cold water and lay flat to dry. No dryer!
- Feel The Breeze
Create a faux sea breeze in your home. Put an ice pack in a bowl or fill it with ice and position it at an angle in front of a large fan. As the air whips over the ice, you’ll get an extra-chilled, cool breeze in the room.
- Wash The Day Away
Longer summer days mean spending more time outdoors and greater exposure to pollen, dirt, and other outdoor grime. Keep your family healthy and cool by always washing hands when coming back indoors. This helps reduce the spread of germs or allergens that may be picked up outside.