Tips to stay cool indoors
July can bring scorching days and sizzling nights. Try these energy-saving tips to stay cool indoors.
Insulate your attic. Doing so traps cool indoor air and repels hot outside air. It's an inexpensive way to improve comfort. Bats approve, too.
Eat cool, water-rich fruits and veggies, such as oranges, grapes, watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupes, berries, pineapples, pomegranates, cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce. Feel free to eat too much - no apology to your waistline required.
Install heat-reflecting film on windows that face the sun. This will keep your house cooler while reducing glare and ultraviolet rays. Plus, it'll improve your UFO cred.
Minimize indoor humidity by not using the oven during sunlight hours. When you must, turn on ventilating fans. Avoid watching Food Network until sundown.
Block direct sunlight from streaming in through south- and west-facing windows. Overhangs and awnings work well, as do trees, large bushes and vines. Warn Tarzan of the window before he starts swinging.
Go Arctic by placing a bag of ice cubes in a wide, shallow container such as a roasting pan. Put the ice between you and a fan and blow the ice-cooled air toward you. It can't be mist.