Many people agree that the debate is over— climate change is very real, and we live in a world full of record-breaking temperatures. In fact, there are people claiming this is the hottest summer yet.
With extreme weather on the rise, you want to make sure that your home is well-equipped to keep you and your family cool. Take a look at some of the home upgrades you’ll need if you hope to thwart the blazing sun and stay cool.
With the sun firing through your windows, it’s a constant battle to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Even with the air conditioning on, sunbeams coming through your window will have your air conditioner working on overdrive not just increasing your bill, but lowering your A/C’s efficiency.
Adding sun screens to your windows is the solution you’re looking for.
Sunscreens will not just deflect but absorb the heat of the sun and significantly lower your home’s temperature. Thanks to the insulating layer between the exterior and interior of your home, you can increase airflow throughout the home, keeping you cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days.
Whereas once upon a time we may have been able to get away with air conditioner-free living, there’s no getting around it now. With record-high temperatures, the only way you can hope to escape the heat is by using an air conditioner. Do yourself a favor and invest in an energy-efficient air conditioning unit that will refresh every nook of your home, and provide a cool refuge from the soaring temperatures outside.
Running your air conditioner costs a pretty penny, so the more efficient you can make it, the more bang you’ll get for your buck. Adding ceiling fans throughout your home will help increase the flow of the cool air coming from your HVAC system, as the perfect complement to your air conditioning system. Not to mention, the cool air plus a breeze is truly what the doctor ordered on a sweltering day.
Here’s a little fun science for you— Did you know that indoor plants are nature’s answer to urban heat? Adding plants throughout your home will increase your home’s moisture through a process known as transpiration. That’s right, you heard it here.
Your plants are actually miniature coolers that can increase your home’s humidity and lower its temperature. Not to mention, the aesthetic appeal of house plants is undeniable, which is a perk for interior design lovers looking to match function with design.
For especially warm locations where you have outdoor seating areas or balconies, you may want to install a misting spray system. “Misters” create a refreshing freeze of a fine mist that leaves a pleasant chill in and around your house. This is perfect if you’re looking to get outside a little even on the hottest of days.