The heat is on! Dial back the AC and give these tips a try. You’ll stay cool and maybe save a few dollars on your electric bill.
Check Your Ceiling Fans
In the summer, your blades should be rotating counterclockwise. This pushes the air downward and creates a nice cool breeze. It also helps maintain a room’s temperature. You may find yourself able to cut back on the air conditioning on some days.
Using pedestal or box fans around the room can help as well. It’s great to be able to position them exactly where you need a breeze.
Use the Blinds and Curtains
The moment the sun comes up, your home starts heating up. Keeping the blinds closed and drawing in the curtains will provide some relief through-out the day.
Check Seals Around Your Windows
Don’t let the heat sneak in. Seals that are cracking or gaping should be fixed right away. Re-caulk those areas or see if some new weather stripping will help keep that cold air in your home. Bigger problem areas (like a window replacement) should be addressed too. Same advice for around your home’s doors.
Check Your Insulation
If you’ve lived in your home over 15 years, it may be a good idea to check it and replace if necessary. It’s one of the biggest barriers in keeping your home cool in summer and warm in the winter. If you’ve noticed the temperature in your home fluctuating, or observe damage (water/critter/flattened) to the insulation, it’s time to replace.
Shade the Outside of Your Home
Shading entrances, windows and patios is an effective way to keep the sun at bay. You could employ outside blinds or shade sails to block the sun. Updating your landscaping? Trees and taller shrubs can also help, by absorbing some the heat before it enters your home.
Don’t Create More Heat
Stay out of the kitchen and fire up the grill to avoid using the oven. Look up meals for your crock-pot, air fryer or instant pot. Turn off lights in rooms you are not in. Wear cooler fabrics, drink more water, take a cool shower before bed.
We hope you have a cool summer full of adventures!