It’s heating up outside. Is your A/C not quite cutting it? Want to save a little without sacrificing the comforts cool air brings? Here are six ways you can keep your home cool all summer long.
1. Check Your Insulation
Don’t forsake checking your insulation just because colder weather has retreated. While insulation helps your home stay warm during winter weather, it also keeps your home cool as the temperatures rise.
2. Open Your Windows at Night
Temperatures typically drop at night which makes it the perfect time to open those windows and let the cool night air in. The cross-breeze created will do wonders for sleeping when those sweltering summer days come to an end.
3. Shield the Heat Coming from Your Windows
Your windows are a major source of heat entering your home. You have many options to shield your interior living spaces. A simple solution would be to close the blinds in rooms that get direct sunlight. Curtains are another option. You can even spring for blackout curtains to reduce the amount of light and heat entering through the windows. Window films are another more advanced step you may take in problem areas. Window films are a more long-term solution and still allow you to enjoy the view.
4. Plant Trees
Planting trees and shrubbery around your home is a great way to absorb some of the light and heat that beams directly on and into your home. This is another long-term investment, but it is a great solution for parts of the home that are always in direct sunlight.
5. Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans will help the air circulate better around your room. Remember to set them counterclockwise in the summer to help push the cool air down.
6. Pull Out the Grill
Cooking in the oven will only make your home hotter. Take advantage of the great weather and grill out more during the summer to avoid the extra heat inside your home.
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