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Beat the Heat: Top Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

Beat the Heat: Top Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

As summer temperatures rise, keeping your home cool becomes a top priority. Whether your Highmark home has central AC or not, there are plenty of ways to optimize your space to maintain a comfortable living environment without driving up energy costs. Here are some summer home cooling tips that will help you stay cool and save energy.

Energy-Efficient Cooling Methods

Optimize Your AC Use

If your apartment has central AC, use it efficiently by setting your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, typically around 78°F when you’re home and higher when you’re away. This can help reduce energy usage while keeping your home cool.

Regular Maintenance

Ensure your AC system runs efficiently by scheduling regular maintenance. Clean or replace filters monthly, and have a professional check your system annually to keep it in top condition.

DIY Cooling Solutions for Apartments


On cooler days or evenings, take advantage of cross-ventilation by opening windows on opposite sides of your apartment. This allows fresh air to flow through, naturally cooling your space.

Ice Fan Hack

Create a DIY cooling solution by placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan. The fan will blow the cool air from the melting ice around the room, providing an additional cooling effect without much cost.

How to Use Window Treatments to Cool Your Home

Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains are highly effective at blocking out sunlight and heat. Close them during the hottest part of the day to keep your apartment cooler and reduce the strain on your AC.

Reflective Window Film

Apply reflective window film to your windows to block a significant portion of solar heat. This can keep your apartment cooler and protect your furniture from UV damage, without any major installation work.

Best Cooling Appliances for Summer


Using fans can help circulate air more effectively. Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise during the summer to push cool air down. Box fans and oscillating fans are also great for improving airflow.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are a great option for cooling specific rooms without central AC. They are easy to install and can be moved from room to room as needed.

Keeping Your Home Cool Without AC

Close Doors to Unused Rooms

Keep doors closed to rooms that aren’t in use to prevent cool air from circulating into those spaces. This will help maintain a cooler temperature in the areas you use the most.

Use Light-Colored Bedding and Upholstery

Light-colored fabrics reflect rather than absorb heat, helping to keep your living spaces cooler. Switch to lighter bedding and upholstery during the summer months for a more comfortable environment.

Highmark Homes Summer Cooling Hacks

At Highmark Residential, we prioritize the comfort and well-being of our residents. Our communities are designed with features that help keep your home cool during the summer. Whether your apartment has central AC or you rely on alternative cooling methods, you can enjoy a comfortable living environment. Visit Highmark Residential to find your perfect apartment and explore our summer cooling hacks.

Stay cool this summer with these practical and energy-efficient tips. Whether you’re using DIY solutions or optimizing your AC usage, keeping your home comfortable doesn't have to come at a high cost.