If there was any doubt that summer had arrived before we left, the smoldering oven that is now our car is proof that the dessert summer heat is here. And a sign that we need to seriously clean out the garage so that we can start parking the van in there again.
It's also that time of year where an intricately coordinated cool-the-house-down operation commences each day. The hubs is all about giving the a/c a break whenever we can, so based on where the sun is a certain times of the day, we'll have specific windows open and ceiling fans on in various parts of the house.
But the last part of the day is by far the worst. The sun shines right into the kids' rooms, right as we need to cool the room down for bed time. Today it dawned on me just how much of a difference the blinds we installed last year have made it keeping their rooms bearable. They were such a great investment and I posted about them way back in the beginning of this little blog's life. So, while I unpack from our trip I thought I would share that post for those that may have missed it.
I was not compensated in any way to write this post, just love to share the goodies that have worked for us. After the kids' naps we open these just a couple inches to let enough light in to see and then turn on the ceiling fan (if it wasn't already on during their nap/quiet time). We keep the lights off to avoid unnecessary heat and by the time the kids are ready for bed the room is pretty comfortable. By that point we can crack the window if it's cool enough outside. Here's the details...
Since moving in, we've been using blackout curtains in both rooms. I wasn't disappointed with them in function...they lived up to their name and blocked out a good deal of light.
The real problem was this:
Note the skiwampus curtain rod? Mia's curtains are right by her bed and since the kids constantly climb up there, the curtains are pulled, sat on and tugged, on a regular basis. Hence, wonky curtain rod.
We didn't have the same problems with the curtains in the boys room, but the crack of light that seeped out the sides in the morning, landed right on Sully's pillow. They also did not slide very easily and it was a two-hand job to get them open.
The solution? Levolor blinds from Lowes.
I appreciated that they come in multiple color choices. We picked the "snow" color for Mia's room, to complement her pink walls and white furniture. And for the boys, we went with the "toffee". They offer a light filtering or light darkening option...with kiddos that still take naps and like to wake up with the sun, light darkening was an absolute must for us!
The other feature that makes them super convenient, is they all come in a standard size and can be cut down to fit the exact size of your window. Right there in the store. For free.
And let me say, these things are amazing. They were super easy to install - just screw in the 3 brackets and snap in the blinds. They are also kid friendly and kid safe. No cord hazards...they are easily moved up and down by the simple push of a button.
Obviously they still need window treatments (and I apologize for the poor lighting) but here's the boys' room Before:
I'm super happy with the warm medium brown color in the boys room
Mia's room Before:
They completely block out the light, are super easy to use and they cleaned up the windows really nicely. Not to mention that they help immensely with temperature control (help keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer). I'm a totally happy camper! Now onto valances or something to pretty them up :)
So let's hear from those of you sweating it out in the heat too....how do you keep the house cool without breaking the a/c unit's back or having a jaw dropping electric bill each month? Any window solutions that have worked wonders for you? Do tell!