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How To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Sylvania

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

Rising summer temperatures will often leave your Sylvania apartment hot and sticky -- specifically if you occupy a unit on an upper level. You could turn up the A/C for relief and deal with a more costly cooling bill. You could also pass your time somewhere else. Better yet, use these recommendations to stay cool in your apartment in Sylvania.

Use Your A/C Wisely To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Sylvania

A woman adjusting the thermostat

If you’re searching for ways to stay cool in your apartment in Sylvania, you will undoubtedly be tempted to adjust your hard working A/C unit. However, using your air conditioner full-blast may get expensive, and you shouldn’t expect it to cool down your unit more than 15 to 20 degrees from the current exterior temp. Instead, use your A/C in a more cost-effective manner by setting the thermostat to a slightly higher temp prior to leaving for your daily commute. This will keep your apartment from heating up too much without overtaxing your trusty air conditioner while you’re gone. After arriving home, adjust it back to a more comfortable temperature.

Good HVAC maintenance lets your air conditioner run more efficiently too. Ask your building maintenance technicians to check your equipment and install new filters at least a couple times per year. Many complexes have planned air filter installations during the year and make the filters available to you. You should contact them immediately if you believe a filter needs changing or if your system is having a problem.

Use Window Treatments To Block Hot Sunlight

Modern living room on a sunny day. 

The windows at your apartment allow a lot of heat. Protecting your space with the proper window treatments can help. Start by keeping your apartment blinds closed. The standard white blinds in most apartments can reflect back a bit of the sun’s heat. You can then install blackout curtains. These solid products stave off those warm ultraviolet rays and will aid in getting your space several degrees cooler. Many properties don’t mind if you put up a curtain rod as long as you repair the holes in the walls before you move out.

If you enjoy the scenery of your surroundings to a point that you don’t want to cover your windows, try removable, heat-resistant window film. This smart, see-through solution attaches to your windows and impedes solar heat but not your perspective. While you’re at it, put weatherstripping along the window to keep hot air out and cool air inside.

Improve Ventilation And Airflow With Fans

Fans aid in providing ideal air circulation through all of your living areas to help ensure consistent comfort. Place a fan close to a vent to circulate your treated air. If you already use overhead fans, set them to rotate in a counterclockwise manner. This causes the blades to push the cooled air down.

When your apartment has bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans, you could benefit from these too. Usually, these fans draw steamy air from your interior and discharge it to your building’s exterior as you cook or use the shower, but they could be utilized whenever you want. Turn them on when you return from a long day to remove the warm, stale air that builds up in your apartment all day while your cooling system or overhead fans switch it with treated air.

Keep The Oven Off When It’s Hot

A dark cabinet kitchen with red walls facing the oven and sink. 
Stovetops and ovens give off quite a bit of heat when you cook with them. If you’re finding it difficult to stay cool in your apartment in Sylvania, avoid using these appliances. As an alternative, handle your cooking in a slow cooker, Instapot, or microwave. Or enjoy a fresh, appetizing salad and filling sandwich. A cold drink and something sweet from the freezer for your final course will help cool you down too!

See How We Keep Things Cool At SOMO Flats

SOMO offers smartly designed floor plans, a range of sought-after amenities, and a beautiful community--just what you require for pleasant apartment living regardless of the season. We’ll tell you about everything we offer Residents when you call 419-843-0855 or schedule a tour.