Muggy and humid days will make you and your home feel uncomfortable. But there are some quick tasks that you can do each day to create a more pleasant climate inside and enjoy your time at home this summer. Here are some tips to freshen up your home during the summer heat without the need for costly air conditioning.
Open up your doors and windows in the evening and early mornings when it is cool outside
Since this is also the time that mosquitoes are most prevalent, be sure that you also have screening installed. Mirage Retractable Screens let in the maximum amount of fresh air and are out of the way when not in use.
Perform a nightly ‘air-flush’ by creating cross-ventilation in your home
Take step one to the next level and add a nightly ‘air-flush’ to your evening routine. This can be done naturally with all of your windows and doors open and then waiting for a breeze. But you can also place fans in front of your screened doors to force even more fresh air in.
Install window fans
Pair step 1 and 2 with installed window fans on the upper floor of your home. These devices are budget friendly, simply sit in your window frame and efficiently cool your home. Turn them on in the evening to push cool air into your home.
Keep your bathroom fans going
Bathroom fans help to reduce humidity and pull rising hot air right out of your home. You can also buy dehumidifiers which help to remove moisture in the air. Don’t forget to check that your fans are clean – if they are clogged with dust and debris, they won’t move air as efficiently.
Avoid using your stove or oven
Summer cooking is best on the BBQ! If you can’t do without baking during the summer, try to do it in the evening – during your nightly ‘air-flush’.
Close your windows, doors, blinds and curtains while the hot sun is glaring into your home during the day
This will help to reduce the heat that comes into your home so you can keep that cool air from the night before.
Keep interior doors closed in your home
If you have south or west facing unused rooms with large windows, consider keeping them closed off to the rest of your home during the day and keep their heat contained until you can open them up to the outside in the evening.
Look for opportunities to shade outside
Strategically place a patio umbrella or other outdoor furniture to block sunlight from entering your home. You can also install shades on your windows. Check out Mirage’s Horizon 4800 screens that are motorized and have sun screening options!
Check that your attic is insulated
If it isn’t, adding insulation can be pretty cost-efficient and serves a dual purpose by helping to keep heat out in the summer and keeping heat in your home during the winter.
The best strategies to cooling your home and keeping it feeling fresh, without air-conditioning, involve two simple rules – flush the air in your home during the evening (open your home!) and then keep the hot air out during the day (close it up!).
Mirage is proud to announce that we have donated $1,600 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Supporting organizations like Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential as they are actively assisting countries that already have fragile healthcare systems whom are ill-equipped to handle an outbreak like Coronavirus. Mirage is proud to be able to help in this regard.
In addition to Mirage’s corporate donation, a portion of the Mirage Dealer Network that serves homeowners across North America with professionally installed retractable screens has also taken part and donated to this important cause. The Mirage Dealer Network consists of small businesses that have been directly impacted by the pandemic and the caring nature of the individual dealers and desire to assist those with a greater need is admirable.
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