Summer’s heat is well upon us now, and with it comes heat waves. Heat waves can seem unbearable at times, leaving you longing for winter’s chill. You don’t have to just take the heat, however. There are some things you can do to make your home more comfortable during a heat wave.
Change Your Sheets
Changing your sheets can help you sleep more comfortably at night. Some sheet materials retain heat better than others, so consider switching them out if you’re using something like that. You may find that a lightly colored cotton sheet is a better option for keeping cool at night. If you need an extra burst of cool, try putting your sheets in a plastic bag and placing it in the freezer for a bit. It probably won’t last all night long, but it can be a nice short-term measure. You can also try getting them slightly damp. You’ll cool down as the water evaporates.
Make Sure Your AC Works
Not having a working AC just might be one of the worst things that can happen during a heat wave. Hopefully your AC is in good condition and will continue to function properly. As temperatures heat up, however, your AC is placed under greater strain, which can eventually lead to malfunctions and the need for repairs. Watch for warning signs that indicate problems. Water leaking can be a sign that something is wrong with your AC unit. Strange sounds or smells, and even significant, unexplained changes to your bill may also suggest that something is wrong. If you notice any of this, you may need to call for repairs.
While your first instinct on a bright, sunny day may be to throw open the windows and let in all that beautiful natural light, if you’re experiencing a heat wave you might want to think again about that impulse. Letting the sun into your home will only drive up the internal temperature of your home. If you’re trying to beat the heat, it’s best to keep the sun out of it by keeping your curtains or blinds closed. If you need something a little more heavy duty, try blocking the sun using blackout curtains.
Heat waves can be extremely unpleasant. For your comfort, take measures to make your home more comfortable. Change out your sheets, tune up your AC if needed, and try some new window hangings. You may discover that after all of that you find the heat wave to be a little less awful.
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