On these sweltering days, your home may be the only cool shelter you and your aging loved one can find. But what if your home isn’t beating the heat? Anything from a faulty air conditioner to a cracked window can lead to excess heat in the house. Some of these items may be expensive to fix, and not every senior can afford major home repairs. Fortunately, there are some cheaper alternatives to keeping your home cool.

 Energy Efficient Shades – These shades are designed to reflect the sun’s rays and keep the heat out. Keeping these over windows in rooms your aging loved one isn’t using is a great way to lower the temperature in the house with little cost.

Fans – Did you know that fans can decrease the temperature in a room by up to 70 percent? If your aging loved ones gets overheated, you can get a small (and inexpensive) fan to help circulate cool air in the room. Just make sure the fan is in a safe place!

Lighter Colors – Lighter color paint, curtains, and blankets stay cooler than darker colors. Put your senior’s dark blankets away for the summer to keep the room cooler!

Do you have any other suggestions for keeping seniors (or anyone) cool?


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