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How To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Indianapolis

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

Rising summer temperatures may keep your Indianapolis apartment sweltering -- particularly when you live on an upper level. You might increase the burden on the A/C unit for instant gratification and deal with a larger utility bill later. Another option is to spend all your free time in the swimming pool. Instead, use these helpful hints to stay cool in your apartment in Indianapolis.

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

A woman adjusting the thermostat

If you’re searching for ways to stay cool in your apartment in Indianapolis, you will undoubtedly be tempted to crank up your hard working A/C unit. However, using your air conditioner at full strength will get expensive, and you shouldn’t expect it to cool your apartment more than 15 to 20 degrees from the outer air temperature. Instead, use your A/C more efficiently by setting the thermostat to 78 degrees as you prepare to head out for work. This will keep your place from heating up too much without overtaxing your cooling system while you’re gone. After arriving home, turn it back down to a more pleasant comfort level.

Routine care of your system lets your air conditioner operate in a more efficient manner as well. Ask your maintenance team to check your equipment and switch out the filters on a regular basis. Some apartment communities schedule air filter installations throughout the year and supply the filters for you. Let them know if you experience any issues.

Install Window Treatments To Minimize the Impact Of Hot Sunlight

Modern living room on a sunny day. 

The windows at your apartment let in an abundance of heat. Shielding your rooms with the right window treatments can help. Get started by keeping your apartment blinds closed. The standard white blinds used in many apartments will redirect a bit of the heat coming in from the sun. Then, install blackout window panels. These thick curtains block those warm ultraviolet rays and will get your space cooler and more comfortable. Most apartment communities are fine if you put up a curtain rod if you are willing to patch the drill holes before you vacate the premises.

If you love the views of your apartment grounds too much to block your windows, you could place window films that reflect heat. This smart, see-through solution attaches to your windows where it blocks heat but not your sightline. While you’re at it, put adhesive weatherstripping around the window perimeter to limit the intrusion of hot air while keeping cooler air inside.

Get Your Air Circulating With Fans

Fans can create the right amount of ventilation and air movement throughout your apartment’s layout to help you stay cool. Set up a fan next to a vent to get your cooled air circulating. If you have fans secured to your ceiling, check to ensure they spin in a counterclockwise manner. This causes the blades to send the cooled air down.

If you have access to exhaust fans in the bathroom or over the stove, you should consider using these as well. Generally, these fans extract hot air from your space and discharge it to the exterior of your home when you shower or cook, but they can be run any time you need them too. Switch on the fans when you get home from a long day to get rid of the hot, stuffy air that builds up in your apartment all day while your A/C or overhead fans switch it with more pleasant air.

Avoid Using The Oven When Temperatures Are Soaring

A dark cabinet kitchen with red walls facing the oven and sink. 
Stovetops and ovens emanate a fair amount of heat as you cook. If you’re already struggling to stay cool in your apartment in Indianapolis, try not to use these appliances. As an alternative, prepare food using a microwave, electric pressure cooker, or crock pot. You might eschew hot foods entirely with a fresh, appetizing salad and filling sandwich. An icy drink and a frozen treat for dessert will help cool you down too!

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