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Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool in the Summer

By Josh J
September 6th, 2011 - 8:12 AM

Discover Easy & Cost Effective Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool in the Summer
If you're moving to a new home during the summer, the cost of moving isn't the only expense you have to worry about. If you haven't gotten your first electric bill, you may be surprised by its impact on your bank account— especially if you're not sure how well the home is insulated. Besides making sure the doors are closed in between going in and out of the house on move-in day, there are some things you can do to keep from running your air conditioner overtime all throughout the summer.

  • Cool the house/apartment early in the day. Keep all doors and windows closed.
  • When the sun is out, close all shades, blinds and curtains – especially in rooms with heavy morning and afternoon sun.  If you need a little natural light, open the shades on the side of your house where the sun is not shining.
  • If you're away from your home most of the day, consider investing in a timer that sets your air conditioner to come on a couple of hours before you return home.
  • Invest in fans to help assist your air conditioner in cooling things down – especially if your air has been shut off for long periods of time. Fans help circulate the air so you don't have to run the air conditioner at such a low temperature.
  • Make certain the attic is well-insulated.
  • If possible, avoid using appliances that increase the heat.  For example, try cooking outside, eat sandwiches, run the washer and dryer at night, or hang clothes out to dry.  Avoid taking hot showers in the day; the humidity adds to the heat.
  • Change air filters regularly – at least once a month.
  • Avoid placing heat generating appliances – like TVs, lights, lamps, etc. – close to air vents.
  • Try using a cool shower to decrease your body temperature and dress in less when indoors.
  • Once you get moved in, consider planning for future summers by planting shade trees around the house.

While you're making sure your house stays cool without running the air conditioner non-stop, don't forget to stay hydrated. Summer heat isn't only tough on your air unit and electric bill; it can be tough on your body too.  Drink lots of water and keep a cool, wet towel ready on those hot summer days.