No air conditioning? Beat the heat indoors with these 8 tips.

 

Not everybody in the Pacific Northwest has air conditioning, but there are ways to keep your home cool during the hottest days of summer. 

1) Utilize window treatments. Blinds and heavy blackout curtains keep the summer heat out while your fans work hard to keep you cool.

2) Close off unused rooms. Closing the doors will keep any cool air from entering, keeping it in the spaces you use the most.

3) Hack an A/C unit. Put a bowl of ice or an ice pack behind a fan to imitate a cool sea breeze.

4) Switch the bed up. Change your sheets to cotton and try a new buckwheat pillow. Buckwheat pillows don’t retain your body heat, keeping you cooler.

5) Go backwards. Set your ceiling fans rotating counter clockwise for optimum airflow.

6) Control your body temperature. Cave men survived without air conditioning, and you can too! Just remember, it doesn’t matter what the room temperature is, focus on controlling your body temperature. Consume cool drinks and apply a cool cloth at the back of your neck and on your wrists.

7) Outsmart your windows. Generate a cooling pressure current by opening the upper section of windows on the side of your home that falls downwind and simultaneously have the lower section of windows open on the side of your home that is upwind. You can increase the flow by placing a fan on the window pulling in air and a fan (backwards) on the downwind window pushing hot air out of the home. Hack an even cooler breeze by wetting a bedsheet and hanging it in front of the window bringing in a breeze.

8) Invest in window films. They work like blinds and reject up to 70% of the sun’s solar energy while also reducing glare.

Article courtesy ot Huffington Post.


10-Minute Tricks: Freshen Up your Home for Spring!

With spring fever comes a desire for a change in décor. Check out our top 7 quick, easy, and dollar-conscious ways to freshen up your living space before the flowers start to bud.


Rotate your Artwork

Are your walls cluttered with stagnant artwork? If so, it’s time for a change. Some people hang everything they own on every wall. Look at it all the time, and you start taking it for granted. Try this: Separate art into summer and winter piles. Hang the lighter, pastel colors for spring and summer, and put the darker oil paintings in storage. Every six months, rotate your pieces. This way, you enjoy your art with a new vigor, and it’s something you can do in minutes.

Natural Scents

Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, so bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood. Infuse aromas into your décor with essential oils, natural candles, fresh cut flowers, or incense to change the overall feeling of a space. A quick, floral tip: Purchase an inexpensive bouquet of flowers, split them up by color, and place the bunches in small vases around your home.

Buy New Bulbs

You’re thinking flower bulbs, right? Not a bad idea, but we’re talking about light bulbs. Many of us aren’t using our lights properly­—in the winter you need more light, but in the spring you can get away with less. Swap your 60-watt bulb with a 3-way bulb to allow you to soften a room’s light.

Let the Sunshine In

In the winter, dirty windows can go unnoticed. On the first day of spring, take advantage of the sunny season by giving the windows a wash. You can have a gorgeous room, but if the windows are dirty, it won’t look as beautiful or as bright. As an added tip, pull back dark window treatments and add a shade or valance for a touch of color. Or, you can also replace window treatments with ecru or white sheers for an elegant look.

Update Accessories

Just as you’d add a scarf or necklace to enhance an outfit, do the same with your home—dress your home like you would yourself. Look for great accent pillows in bright colors. Put away the winter throws and drape light, bright throws on your sofa. Pick out spring-hued vases or candles to boost a cocktail or dining room table.

Beautify your Boudoir

Bright, new bedding can do wonders for your personal space. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.

Lose the Magnets

In just minutes, you can tidy up a kitchen by getting rid of the scraps of paper, business cards and take-out menus stuck to the fridge. If you have odds and ends everywhere, it looks messy. If you clear it, your kitchen looks and feels organized.

Article courtesy of HGTV.com


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