6 Genius Ways to Keep Your Bedroom Cooler

As temperatures rise throughout the summer, getting a good night’s sleep begins to seem like an increasingly impossible task. According to a 2019 study published in PLoS One, people tend to get the shortest amount of sleep in the summertime, a phenomenon researchers suggested could be linked to the rise in temperature. And considering that, amid the coronavirus pandemic, many rooms once designated for sleep are now offices as well, there’s never been a more important time to keep your bedroom cool.

So, how can you avoid another sweltering summer in your home? Read on to discover what experts recommend for keeping your bedroom cool all season.

1Invest in some house plants.

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Want to keep your bedroom cooler? Try honing your green thumb.

“Trees or other greenery can block some of the sun and keep rooms cooler throughout the day,” explains Mark Dawson, COO of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. The larger the plant, the more sunlight it will block!

2Upgrade your window treatments.

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Those sheer curtains may look nice, but they’re making your bedroom hotter. “Installing blinds or heavy curtains can substantially decrease the amount of heat that seeps into the room via the window,” explains Dawson, who notes that this is of particular importance if your room gets a lot of light at sunrise or sunset.

3Install a ceiling fan.

ceiling fan in bedroom

You don’t need to rack up major air conditioning bills to keep your bedroom cooler. Instead, just turn on your ceiling fan—but make sure you’re using it right.

“The wind chill effect that ceiling fans create helps you feel comfortable without needing to adjust the thermostat,” says Dawson. “Reverse the motor to move the blades in a counterclockwise rotation to create a breeze effect in the summer.”

4Upgrade your lightbulbs.

A woman changes the light bulb in the pendant lamp

Incandescent lightbulbs aren’t just increasing your energy costs—they’re increasing the temperature in your bedroom, too.

“Those old-school incandescent give off 90 percent of their energy as heat,” explains Marla Mock, VP of Operations, AireServ, a Neighborly company. Mock suggests replacing them with CFLs, which use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer, or LEDs, which use 80 percent less energy and last 25 times longer. 

5Install a smart thermostat.

Woman using smart technology thermostat in her home

Keeping your bedroom cooler could be as simple as upgrading your thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature from anywhere, meaning you can start cooling your bedroom long before you return home.

6Clean your air conditioner filter

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If you find that your bedroom gets uncomfortably warm, cleaning your air conditioner filter might just fix the problem.

“When things clog up, the unit will not cool as well and in fact, work much harder and use more energy,” explains Mock, who cautions that this can cause a serious increase in your electric bill. And for more great tips delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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