Love it or not, warmer days are finally here — and with summer just around the corner, our wardrobes are not the only thing in need of an overhaul. Show your home some love with these simple tasks that’ll set you up for the sunny season. In the middle of a sweltering summer, these simple and cost-effective tweaks will make a huge difference.

1. Switch to neutral tone curtains with a white backing – Neutral colors absorb less heat, and having a white backing will reflect away sunlight to help your home stay cooler. Flipp tip: Keep shades and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day to conserve the cool air in your home.

2. Change up your bedding – Silk and satin sheets are lightweight, but did you know that they trap in heat? If you want to stay cool while you sleep, switch to natural, breathable materials like cotton or bamboo, which allow for more airflow. For cotton, choose sheets with a thread count below 500. You can also try a cooling pillow made of gel that helps disperse body heat.

3. Roll up and put away area rugs – Give your living space a lighter, brighter feel for the season by putting away your area rugs. Especially on hot days, you’ll appreciate the cool feel of your floor. 

4. Clean your ceiling fan Chances are you haven’t used your ceiling fan for months. In preparation of summer days, be sure to clean your ceiling fan so you don’t get dust all over your home. Trust us on this. If you don’t, you’ll be finding dust around your house for days!

5. Prepare your air conditioner – If you’re fortunate enough to have air conditioning, here are a couple of tips to ensure that it works efficiently all summer long. First, replace your air filters. Then, wash down the outdoor AC unit by simply spraying it down with water to remove any debris that may have accumulated. Remember to schedule a tune-up with an HVAC professional once a year for the best results. 

6. Clean window and door screens Mix ¼ cup of dish soap with ½ gallon of water to make your cleaning solution. Then, use a soft-bristle brush to apply the solution. After brushing, wipe down the cleaning solution with fresh water.

Check your window sealant

7. Check your window sealant – The goal is to keep the cool air in and hot air out. Check the caulk around your windows and doors to make sure your home is properly insulated. If you need to re-caulk some areas, this project is easy to DIY.

8. Install awning above your windows and/or doors – Add another layer of protection to shield your home from the sun’s rays with a retractable awning, reducing the amount of heat your home absorbs. If you have air conditioning, an awning also helps you save on electricity, as your unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool.

9. Unplug devices when not in use – Your toaster, TV, gaming consoles, and any electronic device can create heat when plugged in, even if you’re not using it. Save on electricity and help keep your home cool by unplugging these devices when not in use.

10. Limit the use of your stove or oven –  It’s no secret that these large appliances create lots of heat. In order to keep your home cool during exceptionally hot days, try grilling outdoors or use your smaller appliances that don’t create as much heat, for example, an Instant Pot or Air Fryer.

11. Eat light – Heavy meals require more energy for the body to break down, naturally raising your body temperature. On a hot day, eat a light and fresh meal like a salad to stay cool and energized.

12. Hang out on a hammock – Instead of sinking into your couch that traps in your body heat, why not invest in a hammock? Because a hammock is suspended and is made of light fabric, air flows all around it to help you stay cool and comfortable.

Ready to give your home a mini update with these simple tasks? Don’t forget to check the Flipp app for the best deals on any home supplies you need!

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