Home should be a welcoming haven and a place to raise a family. In the heat of summer, however, those wishful thoughts fade away as rising temperatures make it hard to enjoy life at home. Besides turning on fans and opening windows, there are many natural ways to keep your home cooler this summer and spare your HVAC unit the stress of keeping up. Here are some ideas to keep cool when things heat up.

Ready Set Grill

 

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Keep the heat out of the kitchen by finding alternative ways to cook meals for your family. A backyard barbecue is a great way to keep the heat outside where it belongs. Opt for a propane or gas grill over charcoal, and you can control the heat hanging around after your meal is ready. Get the kids involved in making dinner and come up with creative meals made completely on the grill from start to finish. There are many foods you wouldn’t think of using your grill to prepare.  

Bye-Bye Humidity
With the hot summer sun comes humidity. Humidity is a natural and crucial part of our daily life here on earth, but mixed with heat it’s a family fun killer. It can feel much warmer inside your home due to high humidity levels. By using a dehumidifier, you can maintain a lower humidity level, making the air temperature more comfortable. Along with the benefits of a cooler home, a dehumidifier helps prevent mold and mildew growth and improves air quality. If you do have to run your air conditioner, using a dehumidifier creates less work for your unit by pulling the moisture from the air and making your AC’s job easier. 

Mist Away the Day
Think outside the box. Expand your living space by installing a patio misting system or misting fan in your outdoor living areas. Most misting systems can cool the surrounding air from 10 to 25 degrees. This is a great way to cool off the air around your home and create a space for family and friends to gather without melting in the midday sun. Whether you buy a ready-to-go system or make a homemade version, you can tackle the hottest of days in the coolest way.

Seek Out the Heat

Get a handle on the heat. Find the heat-producing areas of your home and find ways to decrease the amount of heat they create. It might feel nice to stand in the icy doorway of the freezer, but that open door means the motor must heat up and work hard to keep the temperature down. The same idea applies to the dryer, dishwasher, and other appliances. The less you use them, the less heat is trapped in your home. Try to use your appliances in the early morning or late hours of the evening to keep the family cool. 
Create a sizzle-free summer by utilizing these natural ways to cool your home. Find ways to get outside and enjoy the coolest parts of the day with your family. You will find that rising temperatures won’t ruin your summer fun, and your home will still be a cool oasis for family and friends. You might not even have to turn on the air conditioner.