With triple digit heat this past weekend, it’s evident that the warm days of summer have arrived and it is time to start preparing for the upcoming months. Here are some helpful tips that can help you stay cool and comfortable, even on the hottest days of the summer months.
- Keep natural light and warmth at bay.
On a hot and sunny day, it’s so nice to open the windows and take in the beauty of nature – the sights, sounds, and smells. But remember that if your home is open too long, it is easy for it to heat up fast and before you know it, your home will have trapped air inside of it for the remainder of the day. It’s usually ok to keep your windows and doors open early in the morning to allow cool air in, that way you can get some cool air flow going and you’ll be able to use your air conditioner less throughout the day. If your home faces the sun during the day, try keeping the curtains closed for the majority of the day to maintain a cool inside temperature.
- Caulk windows.
If your windows are not caulked, air will leak out and unknowingly, you’ll be wasting significant energy. You will also be allowing hot air in through small cracks. Windows are one of the key areas that air is lost, so buy some high quality clear caulking material and run it around all of your window seams. An inexpensive caulking tool can also help you apply it in a straight line.
- Make good use of shades and fans.
This is one of the simplest ways to save money and prepare for hot summer weather: turn on some high powered fans and use window coverings to keep the room dark and cool. Be sure that the shades on your windows are down during the sunniest and warmest part of the day – this can help keep the inside temperatures lower and balanced.
- Replace cracked windows.
Do you have cracked panes in your windows? This will let hot air in and increase the temperature of your home. If you have windows with cracked or broken panes, get them replaced so you can stay cool and save energy. Replace them with energy efficient windows and you’ll likely see a reduction in overall heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
Your home is your oasis and you want to feel comfortable in it! Following some simple tips like this will help you enjoy summer to its fullest.