Summer is here. And that means beach days, vacations and warm evenings. But if you’ve ever got stuck at home on a hot day, you know the summer heat can be deadly. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat without leaving your air conditioner running non-stop, our expert designers have these tips and tricks to help keep your home cool.
Exchange your bed linen
Keep two sets with all the textiles in your home: one for the colder months of the year and one for the heat. When summer approaches, swap out your winter bedding for something lighter. Cotton towels are a great option for staying cool, and you can even swap out your comforter for a thinner bedspread. Check out how we looked in this Montauk summer home.
Swap your curtains
Change your curtains seasonally, such as carpets and bedding. And in summer we prefer a pair of white curtains. They offer you just enough protection from the blazing sun without heating your home. A set of see-through white curtains make this Upper East Side home feel light and airy.
Keep your curtains closed during the day
And when you have your new curtains, keep them closed during the day so that The air in your home does not heat up. That way, you can return to a cool, refreshing home.
Open the window in Cool Nights
If it is not possible to run the air conditioner 24/7, consider ways to naturally cool your home. On cool summer nights, open the windows and let the breeze in. It doesn’t hurt to have an exquisite terrace, like this mid-century palace on the Upper East Side.
In addition to sliced bread, we consider room air conditioning to be one of the great innovations of the 20th century. However, it can be expensive to run the air conditioner all day. So, if you’re looking for ways to keep air circulating while you’re away from home, dust off and spin your ceiling fan. A matte black ceiling fan keeps the seating area in this Connecticut family home cool and goes perfectly with the modern seating options.
Leave the light bulbs behind
Light bulbs are not only harmful to the environment. They also generate 90% more heat than their fluorescent counterparts. So if you sweat while sitting under your reading light, it is best to throw away the bulbs. We flanked the bed in this Upper East Side beach condo with exposed fluorescent lights to keep the room cool during the summer months.
Anyone who has tried baking in the summer knows how much it warms the house. If you’re looking for ways to keep your culinary habits going without getting hot, get yourself a grill. Whether you are a good dad or not, grilling is a great way to keep the heat low in the summer. And if you don’t have the full range of options to set up your grill, this Crate & Barrel Dual Fuel Grill is ideal for small spaces.