There are proper ways to get your home in shape for the summer, and then there’s the way most everyone else does it.
We’d like to share some important tips and techniques to help you best ready for the summer heat waves. Some of our suggestions may seem like no-brainers, but they can often become neglected.
The first is to use your air conditioning unit conservatively.
This can be done in several ways. You can make sure to insulate your home so that no cool air escapes (this is also useful in the wintertime), purchase some oscillating floor fans to circulate the air, don’t put fans in unoccupied rooms, make sure your A/C unit is clean so that it doesn’t end up overworking, etc.
Make sure your refrigerator and/or freezer are updated and aren’t leaking cool air.
Older units tend to have these sort of problems as they age, so consider making a trip to your local appliance store if you discover excessive leaking. This will jack up your electricity bill before you know it. And keep your fridge door closed when you’re not using it.
You can plant trees for natural shading, and hang flowers inside your home for clean air. Also, put drapes or shutters on your windows that shine the most sun into your home. This will keep those rooms from increasing their temperatures, and will go a long way towards lowering the overall temperature of your home.
If you’re considering painting your home, you might want to think about “cool” colors, such as light green, blue, yellow, etc. These won’t suck up sunlight as much.
The same goes for re-doing your roof. Studies have shown that such preparations can keep your cooling demand by 10-15% in the summertime.
Keep track of appliances that have Energy Star ratings when you’re shopping for new products. These are proven to use minimal amounts of electricity compared to non-rated appliances, or older products.
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