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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 make your Bloomington apartment hot and sticky -- specifically if you reside at the top of your building. You might turn up the A/C for instant gratification and pay higher utility costs. Another option is to occupy most of your day at the pool. Better yet, try these helpful hints to stay cool in your apartment in Bloomington.

Use Your A/C Wisely 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 turn up your hard working A/C unit. Unfortunately, operating your HVAC system full-blast may become costly, and it likely won’t be able to cool off your apartment more than 15 to 20 degrees from the outside temperature. Instead, use your A/C in a less demanding fashion by moving the thermostat to a slightly higher temp as you prepare to head out for your daily commute. This will prevent your place from becoming too warm without overburdening your cooling system while you’re gone. After arriving home, adjust it back to a more comfortable temperature.

Regular service of your HVAC system lets your air conditioner run more efficiently too. It’s a good idea to call on your property managaement to inspect it and install new filters at least a couple times per year. Many apartment communities arrange for HVAC filter changes during the year and supply the filters for you. Let them know if you believe a filter needs changing or if your system is having a problem.

Use Window Treatments To Minimize the Impact Of Hot Sunlight

Modern living room on a sunny day. 

Your apartment windows let in a fair amount of heat. Shielding your rooms with the proper window treatments can help. Get started by closing your blinds. Even the white blinds in most apartments will divert some of the sun’s heat. Then, install room-darkening curtains. These solid products stave off hot UV rays and will get your space several degrees cooler. Most apartment communities don’t mind if you put up a curtain rod if you agree to repair the drill holes before you vacate the premises.

If you love the views of your beautiful apartment community to the extent that you hesitate to conceal your windows, you might use temporary temperature control window film. This see-through material adheres to your windows and obstructs heat but not your sightline. You can enhance your project even more by placing a stick-on weatherstripping product on your windows to minimize the influx of hot air while keeping the cool air in.

Improve Ventilation And Airflow With Fans

Fans can create the right amount of airflow and ventilation through all of your living areas to keep you more comfortable. Set up your choice of fans next to a vent to distribute cool air. If your apartment came with overhead fans, check to ensure they spin counterclockwise. This allows the fan to send the conditioned air down to where you need it.

When your apartment has bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans, you can use these too. Usually, these fans extract steamy air from your space and discharge it to the exterior of your home when you shower or cook, but they can remove warm air any time you need them too. Turn them on when you arrive home in the evening to remove the hot, stuffy air that gathers in your apartment during your working hours while your A/C or overhead fans switch it with cooler air.

Limit Your Oven Use When Temperatures Are Soaring

A dark cabinet kitchen with red walls facing the oven and sink. 
Kitchen appliances like ranges exude a fair amount of heat when you cook with them. If you’re already struggling to stay cool in your apartment in Bloomington, try not to use these heat-generating devices. Alternatively, cook meals in a slow cooker, Instapot, or microwave. You might eschew hot foods entirely with a refreshing salad and filling sandwich. An icy drink and a frozen treat for dessert will help you overcome the summer heat too!

You Can Stay Cool At City Flats at Renwick

City Flats at Renwick has roomy layouts, a range of sought-after amenities, and lovely, well-kept grounds--just what you require for pleasant apartment living regardless of the season. Our knowledgeable staff will tell you about everything we have to offer Residents when you phone 812-578-7432 or arrange for a tour.