The Dog Days of Summer

That latter part of summer in North Carolina is probably the harshest! The temperature is high, and the humidity is even higher! It can be tough to keep cool during this time of the year. Keep reading to learn how to keep your home cool and ways to beat the dog days of summer!

Invest in Blackout Curtains

Keep the sun from shining into your home during the hottest part of the day.  Doing so will keep your electricity bill down! Blackout curtains aren’t only for sleeping. They can be used during the day to keep your house cool. Invest in well-made blackout curtains that go with the interior of your home.

Close the Fireplace!

Many people forget to close the fireplace flue when not in use. Keeping the flue open allows hot, humid air into the home — especially if you don’t have fireplace doors. Be sure to close the flue at the end of winter, if not after every fire.

Air Dry

That’s right — old fashioned air drying! If time permits, hang up your clothes to dry. Invest in a drying rack to dry clothing effectively. Not running the dryer can cut down on heat production indoors, which in turn cuts down on the electrical bill! This goes for dishes, too! Use a drying mat and rack to dry dishes instead of utilizing the dry option on the dishwasher.

Use Fans

Using fans is an effective way to circulate air inside the home. If you are using a plug-in fan, try placing a bowl of ice in front of the fan. As the ice melts, it will evaporate and blow a cool breeze your way!

 

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