Home Cooling Tips This Summer
July 24, 2018
The sweltering days of July are upon us, and the dog days of August are just around the corner. If you’re already fed up with the heat, you’re not alone. Nearly all of the apartments in Denver have their AC units running day and night this time of year.
Leaving you AC unit run continuously isn’t ideal, though. Not only is it costly, but it increases your carbon footprint tenfold. Whether you’re looking to save money on your utility bills or become more eco-friendly, there are a number of ways to keep you home cool in the summertime without AC. Check out this collection of neat tricks.
Blinds Make a Difference
It’s a simple tip, but it’s also highly effective. Just closing the blinds on your window can block an additional 30% of the heat coming through. On average, leaving your blinds closed and drop the temperature by 20 degrees, which is incredible when you think about the simplicity of it.
Sure, it’s nice to have an ample amount of sunlight flowing into your home, but it’s also nice to not feel like you’re roasting in an oven. Eliminate the greenhouse effect of your windows and close those blinds.
Black is the New Cool
If you want to take your curtain shields one step further, invest in blackout curtains. With their ability to block out the sun even better than standard blinds, you’re tacking an extra 13% heat reduction onto your efforts. Look for neutral colored curtains with plastic backings to reap the most benefits.
Shut the Doors
Which parts of your home do you use most during the day? Which ones do you rarely use? The ones you aren’t really using as much don’t need to be as cool as the ones you are using, right?
To keep the cool air where you need it most, close the doors to other rooms. You’ll only need to do this during the hottest parts of the day, though. Keeping all of your interior doors open at night will help cool down the entire house for the next day.
Aside from leaving your interior doors open at night, you might also want to crack the windows. Most areas cool down at night, which allows you to let the colder air inside to find relief from the day. It’s not an option for everyone, but it is worth a try if the temperature drops at least ten degrees at night.
Creating an Ocean Breeze
As nice as AC can be, it doesn’t provide the cool breeze that most people want on a hot day. There is a way to imitate a sea breeze, though, without the use of your air conditioning unit.
Take a mixing bowl from your kitchen and fill it with ice, add in a little sea-salt, and place it in front of a fan. As the fan pushes air over the bow, you’ll be treated to something that resembles an ocean breeze. It isn’t an exact match, but it sure beats sweating out the heat.
Change the Sheets
Seasonal bedding is more important than most people think. It’s a great way to stay cool throughout the night as long as you purchase a breathable material. You might also be excited to hear that the days of sandpaper-like cotton sheets are long gone.
No matter what fabric you choose, summer sheets are guaranteed to be as comfortable as they are cool. If you want to take things one step further, pick up a buckwheat pillow. Its hulls have a naturally occurring air pocket, which means it doesn’t retain heat like most pillows do.
Set Things in Reverse
This is another simple trick, but it can make a world of difference during the summer. Make sure to change the rotation of your fans to counter-clockwise. Reversing the rotation creates the cool breeze you’re looking for while cutting down on utility costs from your AC unit.
Use Those Fans
No, not your ceiling or standing fans. While those are important, so are your stovetop and bathroom varieties. Both are excellent are removing hot air from your home as well as humidity. Stick with using them when appropriate, but don’t be afraid to let them run for a few minutes if you come home to a sweltering house.
Apartments in Denver
Even though this summer is hot one, there’s still plenty of reasons to love life in the city. Denver offers excellent public transportation, has one of the nation’s top craft beer scenes, and offers plenty of luxury apartments that take care of the AC bill for you.
Take The Henry, for instance. This 4.29-acre site in Platt Park, Denver’s premier residential neighborhood, features seven stories worth of high-quality homes with over 45,000 square feet of common space. Each home offers the finest in modern furnishings, expansive windows with gorgeous views of the city, and eco-friendly appliances.
Residents at The Henry have easy access to Denver’s light rail system, making a commute to work or heading out for a night on the town a breeze. Nearby Washington Park offers a green oasis within the city, while Old South Pearl Street provides unique shopping and dining experiences. Just short of an hour away, residents can take full advantage of the beautiful nature scenes the state has to offer from wildlife reserves to the Rocky Mountains.
Inside of our 45,000 square feet of common space, you’ll find a host of carefully curated amenities designed to cater to a variety of lifestyles from the fitness buff to the entrepreneur. Numerous lounges and relaxing spaces provide the relief a Denverite needs after a long day at work, while common areas create an ideal place to entertain guests.
The Henry isn’t just another apartment home inside of the city, its redefining luxury life in Denver. We invite you to experience first hand what these stunning homes have to offer in the heart of a vibrant, progressive area.
Welcome to the ideal destination between work and play. Welcome to The Henry.