Trying to find a way to beat the heat and stay cool this summer..here are a few simple, no-cost things you can do around your home…
- Shift your use
Major appliances like dishwashers, as well as clothes washers and dryers, introduce heat and moisture to your home, so shift their use to the coolest parts of the day, like early morning or late at night.
- Keep kitchens cool
An indoor stove or oven can raise the temperature in your kitchen by as much as 5 to 10 degrees, so cook inside with your microwave or crockpot, or move the cooking to an outdoor grill.
- Turn it off
Lights, particularly incandescent lights, as well as common household appliances generate heat when they are on and in use, so turn them off and unplug appliances.
- Feel the breeze
Although fans don’t technically change the temperature of the room, they can make you feel about 3 to 4 degrees cooler — a definite win!
- Keep sunshine out
Close blinds, shades and curtains, especially on windows that get direct sun to block light and heat.
- Introduce an open door policy
Keep the doors to rooms inside your home so air can flow through naturally.
- Replace & remove
Replace dirty air filters and remove obstructions, like furniture or rugs, from your return/registers to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and the air flow within your home.