If you’re like us, you’re enjoying planting flowers and putting away your heavy sweaters as winter gives way to spring. The warmer weather is always welcome – until it gets too hot, that is. Summer’s not far off, and with it will come soaring temperatures that can leave you uncomfortable in your apartment.
You can’t stop the weather, but you can prepare your home ahead of time so those sweltering days don’t bother you too much. Here’s how to ensure you’ll be cool as a cucumber when the heat hits.
You don’t want to wait until you really need it to find out your AC is broken. Test your air conditioner sometime this spring. Does it not blow out cool air? Does it make weird noises or seem to work too hard? If there’s any problem at all, call your apartment maintenance crew out to fix it.
Most people think of beefing up their insulation when they’re preparing for winter, but the same principles apply during the summer: You want your comfortable, cool air inside and the hot air outside. Block drafts by caulking gaps and installing new weather stripping (you may want to call the maintenance crew to do this for you). Hang curtains and blinds to keep direct sunlight from entering your apartment.
For a fun, easy DIY project that’ll keep you comfortable and save you money, check out our tutorial on making your own draft stoppers.
You already know that you should clean out your lint trap after each load of laundry. But you also need to clean the vent that directs excess hot air outside your home about once a year. If you don’t, you’re creating a fire hazard (talk about hot!) and some hot air that should be directed outside may instead blow back inside.
Cleaning your vent is an easy process. Here’s how to do it:
Another option to save money and keep you cooler is to use a drying rack to let your clothes air-dry instead of using the appliance.
To cool down a room, the ceiling fan should rotate counter-clockwise. This pushes the air downward, creating a wind chill effect that can make you feel as much as 4 degrees cooler than the room actually is. Creating this breeze is an energy-efficient and easy way to keep your home feeling much cooler. (In winter, you’ll want it to rotate clockwise so the warm air that gathers at the top of the room gets circulated.)
If you don’t have a ceiling fan where you want one, ask your maintenance crew to install one for you. You may have to buy the fan yourself, but they should be able to mount it on the ceiling for you.
Whether your fridge has an automatic ice maker or you have to do it the old-fashioned way with cube trays, you’ll want plenty of ice on hand when summer hits. Drinking an ice-cold beverage does a lot to cool down your body temperature, so make sure your freezer and ice maker are in good working order.
How do you keep cool in your apartment during the summer?
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