Summer seems to be getting hotter and hotter every year, so it’s more important than ever to keep your apartment cool — without breaking the bank. The team here at TriVista on Speer wants to help, so we’ve gathered this list of some of the top ways to keep your apartment cool, even in the hottest parts of the downtown Denver.

Tip #1: Control Natural Light

We’ve all seen those home renovation shows that maximize natural light to a laughable degree. Even the master bedroom doesn’t have any shades or curtains. We get it: natural light is pretty great, that said, in the heat of summer, natural light means added natural heat.

Take a few minutes to analyze which windows get the most sun, especially in the heat of the day (noon to 4 pm or so). Then install light-colored blackout shades in those windows. When down, the blackout shades will reflect almost all sunlight, keeping that light (and heat) out of your apartment.

Tip #2: Get the Air Moving

Did you know that getting the air circulating through your apartment can reduce perceived temperature considerably, regardless of what the AC is doing? Try turning on any overhead fans your apartment may have and consider picking up some high-quality oscillating fans for strategic points throughout your apartment. Keep a fan pointed at your couch and one in your kitchen at all times. You may even discover you can keep your AC at a higher temperature while remaining plenty comfortable — especially in the dry Denver climate.

Tip #3: Green Your Space, Especially Your Balcony

Another great way to change the feel in your apartment is to green up the space. Getting a few plants — especially flowering ones — that can survive indoors can do wonders for your mood. Indoor houseplants, believe it or not, can also reduce warm indoor temperatures by as many as 10 degrees. And since you don’t need any electricity to keep a few plants alive, this is a total green solution to your hot summer!

Don’t stop with indoor houseplants, either. There are many plants that can thrive on even the smallest apartment balcony. Not only will they improve the look and feel of your balcony, they can provide needed shade as well.

Tip #4: Grill, Baby, Grill

Lastly, a great way to keep your apartment cooler in the summer is to avoid using the oven. Of course, eating isn’t exactly optional, so our recommendation for summer is to grill out at least once a week. Whether you’re grilling on your balcony or in a common area, your oven stays off and your apartment stays cool.

Grilling outdoors is also a pretty effective way to do some socializing even while social distancing thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The luxurious rooftop patio at TriVista is the perfect open-air location for a safe, outdoor gathering.

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Wrapping Up

Summer may be heating up, but your apartment doesn’t have to thanks to these tips. TriVista on Speer are upscale apartments in downtown Denver, located in an ideal location in the Golden Triangle Creative District. Our breezy rooftop with excellent views of the city and mountains is a welcome retreat, even during this summer of social distancing. Looking for a new place to call home? Reach out today.