Keeping your home cool this summer is the goal for most homeowners. It’s just as important to keep your bathroom cool as any other room in your home. After all, you spend a good part of your day using it.
But, for many, you also don’t want to run up your energy bill trying to stay cool. We’ve put together a great list of tips and tricks to help you keep your bathroom cool this summer:
It’s estimated that up to 30% of the unwanted heat that gets into your home during the summer comes from your windows. Keeping your blinds or curtains closed during the day (and your windows) can help reduce the amount of heat transferred into your home. Blackout curtains, reflective blinds and even insulated window film are all options.
If you want to take things one step further, you could even replace your windows if they are older. This will improve overall energy efficiency in your bathroom and prevent outside air from getting in and affecting the indoor temperature.
You need to get the air circulating in your home. Turn on the bathroom fan in each bathroom in your home. This will help to cycle out the warm air as it rises. Make sure to use your kitchen fans and ceiling fans as well to keep that warm air moving through your home. Alternatively, use a stationary fan to circulate air in your home and create a cool breeze.
You want the cool air in your home to go to the right place. But, many people overlook the importance of closing doors and vents to unused rooms. You don’t want all your cool air going into an unused bedroom when it could be directed to a bathroom you use all the time instead. Check your vents and keep the doors closed to areas of your home you don’t use.
When the temperature drops at night or the forecast calls for a cool night, it’s time to open up your windows. Allow the cool air into your home overnight, but remember to close the windows and window coverings first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Try to use less energy in your home. Turn off lights and electronics you are not using, run appliances at night when its cooler, and avoid cooking inside during the day, if possible. These subtle actions can make a big impact on the overall temperature in your home, including your bathroom.
Looking for ways to improve your bathrooms energy efficiency? Considering a bathroom renovation? Give us a call at 416-286-7511.