Take It Inside: How to Keep Your House Cool This Summer

Keeping your home cool during a stifling summer season is no easy feat. But it’s not impossible, as you’ll see from this assortment of tricks and tips, assembled from eHow’s favorite experts. Read on to learn more about keeping your cool in even the highest temps.

Turn Your Oven Off (And Keep It Off!)

Using the stove or oven during the warmer months is just asking for heat stroke—and pretty unnecessary, given how many delicious no-cook recipes there are. One of our favorite no-bake breakfasts is overnight oatmeal. Just add 2 cups of rolled oats, 2 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a sprinkle of brown sugar to a glass jar. Seal it up and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Come morning time, it’s ready without ever having to turn on the stove.

Keep Heat Out with Cellular Window Shades

High style and lower energy bills? Yep, your window treatments can do that. One energy-efficient option we love is LEVOLOR® Cellular Shades, designed with an innovative honeycomb shape; these shades help keep hot air out and cool air in to keep your home nice and comfy. Choose from a large assortment of collections and colors available in light-filtering or room-darkening fabrics—or even both shades together (called Day/Night)—making it easy to set the mood and create the perfect summer retreat. For the final touch, add some strategically planted trees outside your most sun-exposed windows and get double the shade power.

Close Doors and Open Windows

Any room you’re not using, keep that door closed — you’ll want to keep the cool air contained to the places in your home most used. Alternatively, as temperatures drop in the evening, crack your windows open and let the air flow in. But be sure to close those windows, blinds and shades first thing in the morning before temperatures heat up again.

Easy Sun Tea Recipe

Sun brewed tea is a longtime summer tradition—the process involves steeping tea in a hot, sunny spot over an extended period of time rather than using boiling water. Let the sun do the work for you! Simply add cold water and tea bags to a large glass container, and then place in a spot that gets direct sunlight. The tea can be made in large or small batches and with only a few ingredients, using your favorite tea blend as a base. Add refreshing flavors, like, fresh herbs and slices of lemon and let the cool-down commence.

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