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How To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Bloomington

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

The extreme heat of summer can leave your Bloomington apartment hot and sticky -- specifically if you occupy a unit on an upper level. You might turn up the A/C unit for instant gratification and expect a more costly cooling bill. Or you could pass your time at the pool. Instead, use these recommendations to stay cool in your apartment in Bloomington.

Be Smart With Your Thermostat To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Bloomington

A woman adjusting the thermostat

If you’re searching for ways to stay cool in your apartment in Bloomington, you will undoubtedly be tempted to adjust the A/C. But running your HVAC system full-blast may get expensive, and you shouldn’t expect it to cool off your space more than 15-20 degrees lower than the outside temperature. Instead, use your air conditioner in a more cost-effective manner by setting the thermostat a few degrees higher prior to leaving for work. This will prevent your residence from heating up too much without overtaxing your trusty air conditioner while you’re gone. After arriving home, lower the thermostat to a more agreeable setting.

Routine care of your system helps your air conditioner operate in a more efficient manner as well. Ask your property managaement to examine it and switch out the filters at least a couple times per year. A number of complexes have planned air filter installations at specified times and make the filters available to you. Tell them if you have any concerns.

Install Window Treatments To Guard Against Hot Sunlight

Modern living room on a sunny day. 

Your apartment windows allow a lot of heat. Shielding your rooms with suitable window treatments can help. Begin by keeping your apartment blinds closed. The basic white blinds used in many apartments can reflect back a portion of the heat coming in from the sun. You can then install blackout curtains. These thick curtains stave off those warm ultraviolet rays and can help keep your space several degrees cooler. The majority of apartment complexes allow you to put up a curtain rod if you are willing to patch the drill holes before moving.

If you are enamored with the natural landscape of your apartment grounds to the extent that you hesitate to conceal your windows, you could place removable, heat-resistant window film. This transparent product adheres to your windows and obstructs heat but not your perspective. While you’re at it, put adhesive weatherstripping along the window to minimize the influx of hot air while keeping the cool air in.

Enhance Airflow And Comfort With Fans

Fans help ensure ideal air circulation within all of your rooms to help ensure consistent comfort. Set up a fan next to a vent to distribute cool air. If you have fans secured to your ceiling, check to ensure they rotate in a counterclockwise fashion. This allows the fan to push cool air downward.

When your apartment has bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans, you should consider using these as well. Typically, these fans pull steamy air out of your apartment and move it to your building’s exterior when showering or cooking, but they could be utilized whenever you want. Power them on when you return in the evening to eliminate the warm, stale air that gathers in your apartment during your working hours while your cooling system or ceiling fans switch it with cooler air.

Keep The Oven Off When It’s Hot

A dark cabinet kitchen with red walls facing the oven and sink. 
Stovetops and ovens exude a lot of heat as you cook. If you’re already struggling to stay cool in your apartment in Bloomington, avoid using these appliances. As an alternative, prepare food using a microwave, electric pressure cooker, or crock pot. Or enjoy a crisp, cold salad and satisfying sandwich. A cold drink and something sweet from the freezer for your final course will help you stay cool as well!

Find The Right Apartment And Stay Cool At City Flats on Walnut

City Flats on Walnut boasts smartly designed floor plans, a range of sought-after amenities, and a beautiful community--all that you want to ensure a fulfilling experience all year round. Our friendly team will tell you about all we offer Residents when you call 812-578-8827 or schedule a tour.