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Hot House: How to Keep Your Family Cool and Comfy in the Summer

Summer is a great time for fun, but it’s also the time for humidity, heat, and discomfort. When the heat is extremely intense, it can even get dangerous. If you run the household, it’s your responsibility to keep everyone comfortable. Here are some ways to keep your family cool and comfy this summer.

Blinds

The sun can make your home even warmer, so you want to do your best to keep it out on scorching hot days. The best way to do this is to install heavy blinds specifically designed to block sun rays from getting in. Keep the blinds closed during the day until the sun goes down.

Effective AC

Ultimately, you need an HVAC unit to keep your warm cool. You also need an HVAC unit that works properly. Once you get an HVAC unit installed, be sure to get regular maintenance every year. You also need to be proactive about getting AC repair when you need it. This will keep the AC running its best. You should also consider getting a smart thermostat to keep the home cool when you need it to be cool and help save money.

Proper Insulation

Your home’s insulation is what helps keep outside weather outside and the inside climate inside. This insulation can go inside the walls. If you haven’t added new insulation in years, it could be time to add more or replace it. You can also improve insulation by looking at your roof. If it has any holes, it could be letting hot air into your home. Also, old roofs won’t keep as much air out as new ones. If it is time to replace your roof, look into alternative material options that might provide better insulation. You should also get windows and doors designed with efficiency in mind.

Avoid Using Oven/Stove

We all have to eat. However, you don’t need to use the stove or oven for every meal. If you use the oven or the stove, you will be making your whole home hotter. Eat cold foods, such as salad and cold sandwiches. If you do have a taste for something warm, grill outside or order out.

Your home should be your sanctuary. This means that everyone should be comfortable in it. This can get hard on those hot, humid days, especially if you live in a warm location. These tips will help keep your house cool.

Tim Esterdahl

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