I’m a hot sleeper (I joke I’m permanently experiencing menopause) and Phoenix summer nights don’t get below 100 degrees which means we’re trying to keep our home cooler by 20-30 degrees! If you’re not a hot sleeper, or perhaps you’re constantly hot and are trying to get ready for summer – this is the post for you.
Here are five steps we have taken to get our home summer ready, and they work too.
1. Invest in a cooling mattress pad – Chilipad
1/3rd of your life is spent in bed. Invest in your rest. – Chilipad homepage tagline. Brilliant.
We have had our eye on a sleep temperature mattress pad for what seems like, ever. Last summer we would toss and turn, wake up to turn down the thermostat and utter, “We really need that cooling pad.” After that summer passed and we approach this summer, I came across the Chilipad. I sent my sob story of living in the hottest city in America (I only complain in the summer trust me I love it here), through a tweet and the CEO reached out and offered me a discount to give it a try.
We have a king bed and purchased the ChiliPad Cube 1.1, a dual temperature zone cooling and heating mattress pad. Prices start at $449 to $1,099 depending on zone preferences and bed size (dual zone is more expensive). With 75 reviews and an average of 4.5/5 stars, we are so happy to have this luxury on cool for the next five months!
Does it work? Yes! I actually woke up cold – I had to turn the temperature up! You have to remember you don’t want it to feel like you are laying on a block of ice because you won’t fall asleep but you want to find the right temperature that will keep your body comfortable while you sleep.
I decided my comfortable temperature is 61-62 degrees. If you put it on, make your bed because you won’t feel it to the touch, you can check back in a few minutes and slide your hand under the comforter and feel how cool it is – pretty amazing.
2. Change to a poly-fill comforter
This was the first immediate change that we noticed as soon as we switched from our lightweight down. You will notice the change of the comforter weight when you pick it up! It doesn’t have to be an expensive comforter, but you may want the sewn square pockets, and machine washable is preferred.
3. Get rid of the duvet cover
You read right.
What you’re going to do instead is make your bed in a new way. Make the bed using the fitted sheet, then the flat sheet like normal. Lay the lightweight comforter on top and add another flat sheet on top (you can pick a pattern or just go with white like a hotel). You’ll tuck the top flat sheet under and then take the flat sheet at the bottom and roll it over.
Tuck in the edges or let them hang but definitely tuck at the foot of the bed.
It looks like this:
So what you did is get rid of a sheet and switch to a light weight comforter, while also making washing so much easier. If you are like me and get annoyed with washing duvets, you’ll love this. You don’t need to get an expensive top sheet that matches either. You may be able to find a single top sheet for $20 and you can wash everything!
I was inspired by the Delano (formerly THEhotel) in Las Vegas when I stayed there, see the pic above.
4. Get a portable room cooler
Check out this Luma Comfort EC45S Tower Evaporative Cooler. It uses the same energy as a standard 45 watt light bulb and is on wheels. It’s lightweight and can wheel it through different rooms – great idea for during the day if you are on a power saving energy plan but still need to cool a small space like a bedroom, office or cubicle.
Luma Comfort sent it my way in exchange for an honest review and you can see a video review I did here.
There are three modes – manual, natural and sleep and by adding water it will add moisture to dry environments (like the desert) while also eliminating airborne dust particles. You can also add the frozen ice packs to make it even cooler (but not necessary), but this would be great for a day that’s 120. You only use one at a time by dropping it in the water and it lasts 4 hours. They give two so you never have to go without one.
It’s also very pretty. Timer can be set in 30 minute increments up to 7.5 hours. If you run the humidifier feature you may hear the water trickle as it circulates – it sounds like an aquarium or something draining so just know that there will be sound – a trade off for that cooler temperature. You don’t have to use the humidifier feature but it is a great option (I would probably avoid running this feature while you’re trying to sleep).
5. Insulate the attic
If you live in an older home like we do (1952), you may want to consider updating your attic insulation. When we updated our roof, we decided it was the best time to add insulation, along with my new office skylight. For around $2000 – $2500 for our 1750 sq. ft. home, we instantly felt and saw a difference. Instead of 67 degrees, we’re comfortable at 75 and the AC kicks on less! It’s a long-term investment, but we also see our utility bills go down so we know it was a good one.
We did all five of these and already feel significantly more comfortable.
How do you prepare for the summer heat? Have you started?