5 ways to turn your home into your personal oasis this summer

(BPT) – Summer is here, and people are getting out of the house — hanging by the pool, at the beach or in parks — to enjoy the warm weather. All that time outside is fun, but you don’t want to go back to a hot, stuffy home when you’re ready to cool off.

Your home should be your retreat from the summer heat so that you can relax and recharge. Check out these five ways to turn your home into the ultimate oasis to stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

1. Draw the curtains and close the blinds

The simplest way to cool down your home is to close the windows, blinds and curtains. While you may want to indulge in direct sunlight inside your home, it continues to heat your space. During the sunniest times of the day, keep your curtains drawn or blinds closed to reflect the heat. You can even buy thermal shades or blackout curtains to keep light and heat from sneaking into your cool spaces.

2. Keep your rooms cool with a window air conditioner

Not all homes have central air conditioning, especially older homes and apartments built without ductwork. Luckily, you can still beat the heat by installing window air conditioners. Window air conditioners are easy to install in most windows and quickly cool down the rooms in your home.

The LG dual inverter smart window air conditioner provides exceptional cooling power to keep the summer heat at bay all season long. This window unit provides optimal low noise performance so you can relax in your home comfortably. The energy-efficient air conditioner saves you as much as 15% on energy costs. The four-way air deflection directs air flow where it’s needed most, whether that’s cooling, dehumidifying or circulating air. You can also control the air conditioner using your phone or smart speaker with the LG ThinQ app.

3. Make your bed with breathable sheets

If you have difficulty falling asleep when you feel hot, it might be time to buy lighter, breathable bed sheets. Linen, cotton, bamboo and satin sheets help you regulate your body temperature and are soft to the touch. You can sink into your bed at night and enjoy the cooling comfort of these lightweight, breathable materials.

4. Invest in an air purifier

To ensure optimal home comfort, don’t forget to invest in your indoor air quality. High temperatures can lead to poor air quality, increasing the amount of pollution that finds its way into your home every time you open a door or window. By investing in a quality air purifier, you will improve air quality, so you can breathe easier and achieve maximum home comfort.

The new LG PuriCare AeroTower air purifying fan delivers exceptional air quality you can customize for any room, setting and season. Whether it’s your home office, gym, basement or other common living spaces, the powerful filtration with True HEPA captures 99.97% of fine dust and allergens while providing customizable airflow. Plus, its fan projects purified air to help cool you during warmer seasons. This air purifier has been certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) as asthma- and allergy-friendly, providing peace of mind so users can breathe easy with purer, cleaner air. The unit features UVnano LED technology that kills 99.9% of bacteria on the fan blades for an added layer of protection. As a bonus, this quiet air purifier features a sleek design that will seamlessly blend with modern or traditional décor while improving your air quality and creating a healthier home.

5. Cook less to cool down

Cooking and baking will quickly heat your home, making it difficult to enjoy your warm meal in a hot dining room. To cut down on how often you need to use your stove or oven, plan meals that require minimal or no cooking, such as salads and sandwiches. If you plan on cooking, try to cook in the morning, the coolest part of the day, and reheat your meals in the microwave. Or opt for using smaller, countertop appliances that won’t generate and spread as much heat, like slow cookers or microwave ovens.

One of the best ways to serve up a hot meal without heating your home is to cook outdoors on a grill. Enjoy the sunshine while you grill up some burgers and brats and cool down in your home around the dinner table.

Using these five tips, you can keep cool, escape the heat, and turn your home into a comfortable oasis this summer.