Keeping Your Home Cool this Summer

Summer 2019 has seen record high temperatures for communities all around the nation, and it's only supposed to get hotter. Whether you love or hate the heat, there's one thing we can all agree on: as temperatures rise, so do electric bills and health related risk factors. Follow these helpful tips and tricks to keep your house cold, your electric bill low, and your body safe:

1. Close Windows and Blinds

If you know a heat wave is coming, be sure to shut your windows and blinds as soon as you wake up in the morning. It is important to take this step before it hits mid-day and the temperatures are at their highest. The earlier in the morning, the better. Open them back up in the evening as the temperatures begin to decline.

2. Fans, Fans, Fans

Before jumping right into turning on your air conditioning, turn on your fans. Running fans utilizes far less energy than running air conditioning, which will save you a lot of cash by the end of summer. However, if you do decide to use air conditioning instead of fans, try to keep the temperature between 73 and 78 degrees as opposed to temps in the 60s. This will save you up to 20% on electric bill costs.

3. Shut Down Electronics

While it may be tempting to avoid the heat by staying inside and watching television all day long, electronic devices create a fairly high amount of heat when on for long periods of time. Do your best to unplug electronics that are not in use.

4. Run Appliances Frugally

Much like electronic entertainment devices, kitchen and laundry appliances generate a lot of heat. Try to avoid utilizing appliances such as stoves, ovens, dish washers and washing machines during the daytime, and save this for the evening as temperatures drop. 

5. Utilize Your Basement

If you are lucky enough to have a basement in your home, use it. This will most likely be the coolest place in your home, so don't hesitate to take some snacks and a good book down to the basement to hang out for awhile. If your basement is unfinished and/or not too comfortable to hang out in, make this your next summer DIY home renovation project.

6. Change Light Bulbs

Light bulbs are a large source of heat in most households. Although all light bulbs will inevitably generate heat, incandescent bulbs produce significantly more heat than other types of light bulbs. Try replacing all incandescent bulbs in your home with LED or CFL bulbs.

7. Clean Your Air Conditioner

As summer goes on and your air conditioner sees more and more use, the filter will need to be cleaned out so as to avoid build up and restricted air flow. Frequently clean your air conditioner's filter this summer to optimize air flow and save energy.

8. Monitor Hot Water Use

A simple and efficient way to keep your home cool this summer is to turn your water heater down. This will cause it to run less, save energy, and produce less heat. When it comes to showers, hot water creates a large amount of heat and humidity throughout your home. Try your best to take shorter, cooler showers and run the fan in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes afterward as a means of removing extra heat and humidity. 

9. Change Your Bedding

Take fabrics like flannel and fleece and replace them with cotton. While flannel and fleece are great for insulation during the winter months, cotton is a much cooler option for summer. You can also invest in buckwheat pillows, a fabric that produces natural air space and will not accumulate your body heat. 

10. Plant Trees

While planting a tree in your yard won't help immediately, it definitely will help in the long run. Surrounding your home with trees will create natural shade, protect you from the sun, and keep you cool indoors. 

All in all, while the weather can be unpredictable, you can always count on these simple summer hacks to keep you cool this summer. Whether you're running to the basement or switching out your fabrics, keep us updated! Show us how you're staying cool this summer by tagging us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/C21Affiliated/. 

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