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How To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Carmel

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

The extreme heat of summer may make your Carmel apartment hot and sticky -- specifically if you live on the top floor. You might increase the burden on the air conditioner for a quick respite and expect a more costly cooling bill. Or you could spend all your free time in the swimming pool. Better yet, follow these recommendations to stay cool in your apartment in Carmel.

Be Smart With Your Thermostat To Stay Cool In Your Apartment In Carmel

A woman adjusting the thermostat

When attempting to stay cool in your apartment in Carmel, you will undoubtedly be tempted to turn up your cooling system. However, using your HVAC system full-blast will become costly, and it’s not intended to cool your space more than 15-20 degrees lower than the outer air temperature. Instead, use your cooling system in a less demanding fashion by setting the thermostat to 78 degrees as you prepare to head out for work. This keeps your place from getting too hot without overtaxing your A/C when you’re not there. When you come home, adjust it back to a more comfortable temperature.

Regular service of your HVAC system helps your air conditioner function at a high level of efficiency as well. You should request your building maintenance technicians to examine it and install new filters at least a couple times per year. Some properties schedule filter replacements at specified times and provide the new filters for you. Let them know if you have any concerns.

Use Window Treatments To Minimize the Impact Of Heat From The Sun

Modern living room on a sunny day. 

Your apartment windows bring in an abundance of heat. Shielding your rooms with the proper window treatments can help. Get started by shutting the blinds completely. The standard white blinds used in many apartments will divert a portion of the heat coming in from the sun. Your next step is the installation of blackout window panels. These thicker window coverings stave off hot UV rays and will aid in getting your home several degrees cooler. The majority of apartment complexes are fine if you install curtain hardware as long as you fix the holes in the walls before you vacate the premises.

If you love the views of your apartment grounds too much to block your windows, try removable, heat-resistant window film. This transparent product attaches to your windows where it blocks heat but not your view. While you’re at it, put weatherstripping on your windows to minimize the influx of hot air while keeping the cool air in.

Enhance Airflow And Comfort With Fans

Fans help ensure proper ventilation and air movement through all of your living areas to help ensure consistent comfort. Place an electric fan by a vent to distribute cool air. If your apartment came with ceiling fans, check to ensure they turn in a counterclockwise manner. The fan blades will push the cooled air down.

When your apartment has bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans, you could benefit from these too. Typically, these fans draw hot air from your interior and discharge it to the exterior of your home as you cook or use the shower, but they can remove warm air whenever you want. Power them on when you return from a long day to eliminate the uncomfortable, warm air that gathers in your apartment during your working hours while your air conditioner or ceiling fans exchange it with cooler air.

Avoid Using The Oven When It’s Hot

A dark cabinet kitchen with red walls facing the oven and sink. 
Kitchen appliances like ranges give off quite a bit of heat when you cook with them. When you’re finding it a challenge to stay cool in your apartment in Carmel, avoid using these conveniences. Instead, handle your cooking in a slow cooker, Instapot, or microwave. Or enjoy a crisp, cold salad and hearty sandwich. A chilled beverage and something sweet from the freezer for your final course will help you stay cool as well!

You Can Stay Cool At One One Six Apartments

One One Six Apartments offers spacious floor plans, a host of popular features, and enticing surroundings--all that you want to ensure a fulfilling experience regardless of the season. Our knowledgeable staff will give you the details about all we offer Residents when you phone (317) 350-1941 or schedule a tour.