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Beating the Heat: 5 Ways to Keep Your Family Cool This Summer

Summer 2019 is fast approaching. As the kids prepare for their break and you get ready for hotter days, it’s best to get your home ready before you break a sweat. These energy-efficient suggestions will help you lower your energy bill, save money and stay cool this summer.

Switch Your Ceiling Fan Rotation to Counterclockwise

When you set your ceiling fans to run the opposite direction, they create a wind-chill effect that pushes cool air down into the room. This technique, coupled with a clean air filter and vents, will allow you to keep your home cooler for longer without constantly having to run your air conditioner.

Turn off the Lights

Hit the light switch whenever you leave a room. Even energy-efficient LED bulbs can raise the temperature in your home by a few degrees. Switching off your lights when they’re not in use will save you electricity costs as well as save you money on your air conditioning bill.

Get Your Annual HVAC Tune-up

If you live in a hot climate, you should have your HVAC serviced every six months, but the majority of people can get away with once a year. Annual maintenance ensures that your system is always running as fast and efficiently as possible and can detect any warning signs of trouble before they cost you time and comfort.

No one wants to go even a day without AC in the scorching summer months, so schedule a summer tune-up at least a month before temperatures will rise.

Install Some Heat-busting Home Improvements

A few home upgrades won’t just boost your property value—they’ll also help you stay cooler for less this summer. A smart thermostat like Nest can adjust to your family’s natural rhythm and keep your house the perfect temperature year-round.

Additionally, investing in heat-busting window situations is a must. Blackout curtains, shutters, dual-pane Energy Star-certified windows are the best option when you’re making renovations as they both reduce outside noise while preventing the loss of cool air in the summer and hot air in the winter. Tight seals around your windows will stop the heat in its tracks.

Seal Windows and Doors

It’s easy to remember to re-caulk drafty windows and doors when frigid air is seeping in, but what about when it’s over 100 degrees outside? Even the small gaps can cause your air conditioning to run more often, so seal any cracks or holes in the caulk around your windows and doors to make sure that cool air stays indoors.

Weatherstripping is an easy, affordable way to keep your house cool during the summer, and it also helps protect you against summer pests like ants.

You and your family should focus on making new memories together, not sit indoors struggling to stay cool. Plan your home projects now so you can stay energized and only focus on the good stuff this summer.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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