10 Tips for Keeping Your Apartment Cool in the Summer Without Paying More for AC

Updated July 14, 2019
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Apartment dwellers may have a few situations that make it difficult to keep cool in the summer. Heat rises, so living in an upper unit might make your apartment quite warm in the summer. Not having central air conditioning, and being forced to use one or more window units can make that electric bill sky rocket. Luckily, there are numerous life hacks to help keep your apartment cool without paying an arm and a leg to crank up that air conditioning.

Close Your Blinds

Closing your blinds and drawing the curtains can be one of the easiest ways to reduce extra heat being produced in your apartment. West facing windows especially get hit with the most sun on the hottest part of the day and can make it very difficult to keep the house cool. So, before you leave the house, make sure you close those blinds!

Install Blackout Curtains

In addition to closing your blinds or drawing your shades, investing in blackout curtains can completely block sun rays from getting through. Make sure the blackout curtains have a white or light colored backside to reflect the sun away from the window. Not to mention, blackout curtains allow for a little extended sleep-in on weekend mornings. 🙂

Sleep With Cotton Sheets

Swap out your fleece, flannel and jersey sheets for breathable cotton, linen or bamboo sheets. No one likes to sleep in a hot room, in fact, our bodies prefer sleeping in a colder room. Lighter fabrics like cotton and bamboo are going to be breathable and naturally cooling. Ensuring your bedding is going to keep you cool, will keep you from turning down the AC temp and running it unnecessarily overnight.

Keep Yourself Cool

It might be a lot easier to make yourself cool and comfortable before it is gonna be to cool your apartment down. Wear light, breathable fabrics in your house in the summer. Taking cool baths or showers can be a great way to cool off, especially before bed – it will help you sleep!

Cook Outside

In the summer grill outs are amazing with friends or family, or even for yourself, obviously because hot dogs and hamburgers are delicious. It’s also a great way to keep your house cool by not running the oven or stovetop that produce a LOT of unwanted heat. Hotter weather makes cooler meals more appetizing anyway so get your salad on!

Utilize the Cooler Evenings

Summer evenings can end up being the perfect weather. Even with a day in the upper 80s, the evening average temperature is around mid 60s to lower 70s, making it ideal for opening those windows and cooling down your apartment. If it doesn’t bring humidity, a nice rain storm can cool it down overnight as well, plus who doesn’t love the soothing sound of the rain falling while they sleep.

Run Ceiling Fans Counter-clockwise

Did you know, you can CHANGE the direction of your ceiling fan rotation whether you want to warm or cool your room? Your ceiling fan will have a switch on the side or top of it’s motor that can change the direction to clockwise or counter-clockwise. In the summer when it’s the warmest, you want to have your fan turning counter-clockwise, at a high speed, so that it pushes cool air down. The cool breeze effect will make it seem cooler than it actually is. In the winter on the other hand would be running clockwise, at a low speed, drawing cool air upwards.

Use a Couple Osculating Fans

If you don’t have a ceiling fan, osculating floor fans can be a big help at circulating air around your apartment, and cool you off. If you place one in front of your air conditioning unit or vent, it can help that cool air flow double time around your room, allowing you to not run the AC as high. At night it’s nice to keep an osculating fan in your room to keep it from getting too warm or stagnant in there, giving you a better night’s sleep. If you DON’T have AC in your apartment, you can do a little trick to make your own air conditioning. If you place a bowl of ice water behind a fan, the wind will pull that cool air off the surface of the cold water, and blast that cooler air throughout the room. There you have it, a makeshift air conditioner!

Remove the Hot Air

Obviously, if the hot air was not in your apartment, it wouldn’t be an issue – duh! There are ways though, that are really easy to help remove that hot air. Your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fan are designed to suck up hot air, so utilize that! If you run those fans, they are not going to crank up your electric bill like your AC, but it will help remove that hot air. Run those when you are gone in the day, when you can turn down or OFF the AC and let those fans do the work!

Keep Doors Closed

If you have every door in your apartment open, that air conditioning is going to be working extra hard to cool all of that cubic footage. Laundry rooms, spare bedrooms, bathrooms that aren’t regular living areas used all the time, can be closed off to allow the air to circulate amongst the areas you want cooled the most! Your bedroom and living room especially need most of that cool air before bedtime, so let them take all that AC! This will help keep costs down, and make sure you are the most comfortable in your apartment.


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