10 Ways to Keep Your Home and Family Cool This Summer

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by zach

The hot weather has finally arrived but your home now is too hot for your liking. To help, I have put together a list of 10 items that you can put to use to help keep you cool this summer.

1. Keep the house closed during the day (meaning have your windows and exterior doors shut) to not let in unwanted heat and humidity. Open your windows during the evening when the sun has set and the temperature has cooled. Using a fan helps circulate the air in the room too.

2. Turn off heat generating appliances like computers, lamps and TVs when they are not being used and run the dishwasher in the evening when it is cooler outside.

3. Hang tightly woven screens or bamboo shades outside your windows to stop 60 to 80% of the sun’s heat from getting to your windows and heating your home.

4. Keep your thermostat set at 25-26°C or higher if you are using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms to help save on your energy bills.

5. Plant trees if you can. Leafy trees can shade your home and keep it cool. Deciduous trees (those that lose their leaves in the fall) will let sunlight through in the winter and create shade in summer.

6. Hang up your bedding in the coolest part of the house during the day. When you get up, take your bedding to the coolest room in the house (where ever there is the most shade) and hang up the blankets and sheets so that each side is exposed to the air. Take them down and put them back on your bed just before you go to sleep and you will find it more comfortable to sleep.

7. Use a programmable thermostat with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night freezing or when no one is home to save on your energy bills and have your rooms ready and cooled when you walk in the door.

8. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents; they produce the same amount of light but use a fifth of the energy and heat.

9. If you have an air conditioner, get it serviced to maximize efficiency-the best time is just before it gets hot (Spring) and the air conditioning contractors are not swamped with calls. Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce the air flow by 1% per week.

10. If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit. If you are buying a new air conditioner, make sure that it is accurately sized. Get assistance from an air conditioning contractor who can discuss various options for your home.

If you would like more information on putting in an air conditioner in your home, please feel free to give us a call at 604-283-2383.

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