Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer
Summertime is finally upon us, and what a long-awaited event it has been! It’s time for bathing suits, fun in the sun and cocktails by the pool, but with every up there must naturally be a down, and warm, summer weather is no exception. If the rising temperatures find you melting in your apartment rental and scrambling to find ways to lower your electric bill, look no further! Here are some easy tricks that will help you beat the heat this summer!
Utilize Your Fans
If you’re lucky enough to live in an apartment rental that is equipped with ceiling fans, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth! They are worth a whole lot more than you think! Believe it or not, turning your ceiling fans on to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction can lower the temperature of a room anywhere from 6-8 degrees! To boot, it costs pennies a day to run a fan (as opposed to the hefty price tag associated with running your air conditioner non-stop). Don’t stop at the ceiling fans! The exhaust fans installed in your kitchen and bathrooms are also invaluable when it comes to keeping your home cool. Designed to suck up the hot air that gets trapped in your space, they can do wonders when it comes to helping you beat the heat during the warmer months.
Pay Attention to Your Windows
A lot of cool air can escape through the windows in your apartment rental if you’re not careful. Every summer, make it a point to check that all of your windows and doors are sealed properly to discourage hot, summer air from seeping in. Additionally, you might consider investing in room darkening curtains that will keep the sun out, or, at the very least, commit to closing your existing shades during the day while you are not home. If Mother Nature generously offers a cool evening breeze, pop the windows opened and allow some of it to blow in and cool off your space.
Reconsider Your Lightbulbs
You might not think that your choice of lightbulbs would be a big contributor to the temperature of your space, but you would be wrong! Switching out incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient ones can surprisingly go a long way in making your apartment rental feel cool and refreshing.
Think Twice When Using Your Appliances
Running appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine and dryer can generate a LOT of unnecessary heat in your space. Rather than running them during the peak daytime hours when the sun is already shining hot, consider doing your dishes and laundry in the early morning or during the cooler evening hours. You may even think about hanging your clothes to dry if you have a space available to do so, and letting your dishes air-dry as opposed to turning on the “dry” function.
Get Outside and Grill
Summer is a great time for some outdoor fun, making it the perfect time for you to get acquainted with your grill. The oven in your apartment rental is another appliance that can produce a whole lot of heat that will spread throughout. Beat the heat by using the grill. This way, you can keep the heat outside where it belongs!
Keep Your Body Temperature Down
Sometimes it’s not just about the space that you are in. You can contribute greatly to your own feelings of discomfort if you aren’t taking proper care of yourself. During the summer months, it’s of the utmost importance to keep your body temperature down so that you don’t overheat. Keep your apartment rental full of refreshing beverages, eat light fare such as salads or smoothies, and rotate the items in your closet so that you have access to all of your lighter, summer wear.
Take Advantage of Amenities
If none of these tricks work to your liking and you absolutely must get out of your apartment rental, now might be a great time to head to the pool! If you’re lucky enough to live in an apartment community that offers such an amenity, summertime is the perfect opportunity to cash in and make use of it!
Are You Looking for an Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg or the Surrounding Areas?
Hattiesburg is a great place to be for the summer, and the team at Hattiesburg Apartments is ready to help you kick it off right in a new apartment rental! If you haven’t done so already, head to our website and check out all of the amazing listings we have to show you with all of the amenities that will make this your best summer yet! Then, contact us to schedule some walk-throughs! Before you know it, you’ll be lounging in your new space, cold drink in hand!