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How To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Westfield

September 27, 2021
A sunny day at the Lakeside Apartment pool.

Rising summer temperatures will often keep your Westfield apartment unbearably hot -- particularly when you live at the top of your building. You have the choice to increase the burden on the A/C unit for relief and expect a more costly cooling bill. Or you could occupy most of your day somewhere else. Better yet, follow these tips to stay cool in your apartment in Westfield.

Optimize Your A/C To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Westfield

A woman adjusting the thermostat

When attempting to stay cool in your apartment in Westfield, it’s tempting to turn up your cooling system. Unfortunately, operating your A/C equipment full-blast may get expensive, and it likely won’t be able to cool your apartment more than 15 to 20 degrees from the outside temperature. You can operate your cooling system in a less demanding fashion by moving the thermostat a few degrees higher before you leave for work. This will prevent your place from becoming too warm without overburdening your trusty air conditioner when you’re away. After you return home, lower the thermostat to a more agreeable setting.

Routine care of your system helps your A/C run more efficiently too. Ask your building maintenance technicians to check your equipment and switch out the filters on a regular basis. A number of properties arrange for HVAC filter changes at specified times and supply the filters for you. You should contact them immediately if you experience any issues.

Put Up Window Treatments To Guard Against The Sun’s Heat

Modern living room on a sunny day. 

The windows at your apartment bring in a lot of heat. Covering them with the right window treatments can help. Get started by keeping your apartment blinds closed. Even the white blinds used in many apartments will divert a portion of the natural heat from sunshine. Your next step is the installation of blackout curtains. These solid products stave off those warm ultraviolet rays and can help keep your space a few degrees lower. The majority of apartment complexes don’t mind if you put up a curtain rod if you are willing to repair the holes in the walls before moving.

If you love the views of your surroundings to a point that you don’t want to cover your windows, you might use temporary temperature control window film. This smart, see-through solution attaches to your windows and impedes the passage of heat but not your perspective. For additional protection, apply a stick-on weatherstripping product along the window to minimize the influx of hot air while keeping the cool air in.

Improve Ventilation And Airflow With Fans

Fans can create proper airflow and ventilation through all of your living areas to help ensure consistent comfort. Place a fan next to a vent to get your cooled air circulating. If you already use overhead fans, set them to turn counterclockwise. The fan blades will push cool air downward.

If you have access to kitchen or bath exhaust fans, you can use these too. Usually, these fans pull steamy air from your interior and release it to your building’s exterior as you cook or use the shower, but they can remove warm air whenever you want. Turn them on when you return after work to remove the hot, stuffy air that builds up in your apartment during your working hours while your air conditioner or ceiling fans switch it with cooler air.

Limit Your Oven Use When The Summer Heat Is Sizzling

A dark cabinet kitchen with red walls facing the oven and sink. 
Ovens and stoves exude a lot of heat when you cook with them. When you’re finding it a challenge to stay cool in your apartment in Westfield, avoid using these appliances. Instead, handle your cooking in a crockpot, microwave, or instant pot. You might eschew hot foods entirely with a crisp, cold salad and hearty sandwich. An icy drink and something sweet from the freezer for dessert will help you overcome the summer heat too!

See How We Keep Things Cool At Harmony Apartment Homes

Harmony boasts roomy layouts, a range of sought-after amenities, and lovely, well-kept grounds--all that you want for pleasant apartment living in every season. Our friendly team will give you the details about the great benefits we make available to our Residents when you phone (317) 795-0224 or arrange for a tour.

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