Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Feeling the Heat? Here Are 7 Hot Tips For a Cool House That You Can Do Yourself!

When the heat turns up, one of the only things on your mind is the need to cool down. Like a basis for survival, we take cold showers, run ice cubes up and down our limbs and wonder if we'll asphyxiate once we dare to get dressed.  
feeling the heat of summer?  Don't let it get you down! Here are 7 HOT tips to keep a COOLER house in the summer!

Perhaps I can share a few insights to prevent such extreme panic for those hot days that are either already here, or are soon to come.  
Best part is?  Most of it, you can do yourself.  Here are some hot tips for staying cool.

ENERGY USE EFFICIENCY
Reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective energy conservation measures. Make sure you have effective shade coverings for east and west windows. When possible, try to avoid heat-generating activities such as dish washing and especially baking, until evening on hot days.
WHITE CURTAINS AND WINDOW SHADES 
White reflects sunlight and heat, so using white window blinds and shades during the hotter months will help to make sure that less heat enters your home. By preventing your home from heating up, you'll stay cooler and also put less stress on the cooling systems reducing your energy bill significantly.

CLOSE UP THE HOUSE
During most of the hot season, do your best to keep the windows and doors closed tight during the day with the suggested window coverings stated above. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
CEILING FANS
Another lower cost way to keep cool in summer is to use a ceiling fan. While a ceiling fan does not lower the warm temperature, it cools you circulating the air more vigorously. Ceiling fans are low in price and consume far less energy than an air conditioner. By using a ceiling fan in an air conditioned room you will be able to set the thermostat higher and still feel comfortable. Since a ceiling fan cools by circulating the air, you need to switch it on only if you are in the room. This will also help reduce your energy bill.

KEEP MOISTURE OUT
In hot, humid climates, make sure that the air conditioner you buy will adequately get rid of high humidity. Models with variable or multi-speed blowers are generally best. Try to keep moisture sources out of the house.
LIGHT ROOF
Just as white blinds and shades help reflect sunlight and heat away from the windows, a light colored roof will reflect heat away from the roof. This will mean that your home will be significantly cooler over all, in the summer months.
HOUSE PLANTS
Plants absorb both the light and heat from the sun and convert it into energy for growth and cleaning the air. Additionally, during photosynthesis, plants release water into the air, thereby cooling the surrounding air. When you have a lot of plants around your home, they cool the general atmosphere around them, reducing the amount of heat entering your home. Additionally, you can also plant shade giving trees around your home to further reduce the heat reaching it. This will enable you to use nature to keep your home cool in the hot weather.

See?  It's not so bad.  Sure, it will require a little effort, but nothing that won't be more than worth it in the end.   And if you'd like to make a bigger effort, but would rather not cut the extra sweat, talk to us at Unique Home Building and tell us how we can make your summer a cooler one!

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