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8 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

posted on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Realtor News

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Summer is on its way, and while more sunshine and warmer days are wonderful, melting into your sofa isn’t. But how can you keep your home at a comfortable temperature without blasting the A/C? Here are a few tips to help you — and your home — beat the heat this summer.

1. Plant Foliage To Block The Sun

While you don't want to put anything right up against the house, planting tall shrubs, bushes, and trees strategically so they create shade will help keep things cooler. 

2. Give Your A/C A Tune-Up 

Ensure it's working correctly and with maximum efficiency.  If you suspect any issues or your A/C unit is an older model, calling a professional is probably the way to go. 

3. Run Ceiling Fans Counterclockwise

Most fans have a switch on the side so you can reverse the direction they spin.  Turning counterclockwise means that the air is getting pushed down, creating a cool breeze. 

4. Close Blinds And Curtains During The Day

You may even want to switch to light-blocking window treatments during the height of summer to really keep the sun out of your living areas. 

5. Install A Smart Thermostat 

Maximize your home's energy efficiency with a device that you can control from your phone.  A smart thermostat can learn your daily comings and goings and adjust your HVAC accordingly. 

6. Look Into Low-E Glass 

If you're planning to replace your windows, this special film dissipates heat and UV rays while letting in the light.  On a budget? You can purchase after-market Low-E film that also helps you save energy.  Concentrate on windows that face south and west. 

7. Install Cool Roof Technology

Using specially made shingles, thick reflective paint, or a sheet of cool coating, these roofs reflect heat away from the home and protect it from UV ray damage.  Save money with lower energy bills and less reliance on your HVAC. You may also be eligible for rebates and incentives in your area. 

8. Have Ductwork Inspected

Ducts need to be sealed and insulated for maximum efficiency.  Ideally, they should run through the home's climate-controlled areas (i.e., behind floor frames, ceilings, and walls) and not in a crawl space or unfinished attic or basement. 

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