Tips for Keeping Your House Cooler

Posted by Ben Thompson on 08.1.22

As we head into our last official month of summer and face some of the hottest temperatures, we thought the timing was perfect to talk about some things you can do to make your house cooler. Now, we aren't suggesting you turn off your air conditioner, but some of our suggestions could actually make your home more energy efficient. A few of these may be more long term solutions that you could implement for next summer, while others are easier fixes that you could do immediately.

Try taking the heat off your air conditioner by making these changes or additions to your home.

  1. Add exterior shading systems. This could include awnings, pergolas, or roof overhangs. Blocking or shading the sun rays before they hit your windows will have the maximum effect on cooling your home.
  2. Install blinds, shades or drapes to your windows and lower or close them during the heat of the day.
  3. Apply solar-control window film to your windows to reduce heat from solar radiation. 
  4. Plant trees to provide shade and consult with a professional to find the best location to provide the most relief from direct sunlight. 
  5. Utilize ceiling and standing fans to keep air circulating.
  6. Use your major appliances like your washer, dryers and dishwashers in the evening. 
  7. Cook your meals on the grill a few times a week so you don't have to turn on the oven.
  8. Swap out your bed linens to natural fabrics that breathe like cotton or linen.

We hope these tips are helpful and you can implement some of them this summer. If you are thinking of adding a more substantial shading system like a pergola or extended roof, please let us know if we can help!




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