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Great Tips for Staying Cool this Summer!

Summer has arrived so I wanted to give you a few tips on keeping your home cool. I found great tips from Care2 that should help us all avoid the dreadful overheated home.

  1. Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate
    at night either naturally or with fans.
  2. Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings.
  3. If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit.
    Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit.
  4. If buying a new air conditioner, be sure that it is properly sized. Get assistance from an energy auditor or air conditioning
    contractor.
  5. Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling
    load and force the air conditioner to work harder.
  6. Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms.
  7. Install white window shades or mini-blinds. Mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.
  8. Close south and west-facing curtains during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.
  9. Provide shade for your room A/C, or the outside half of your central A/C if at all possible. This will increase the unit’s
    efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent.
  10. Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow by 1 percent per week.
  11. Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.

Hope these help you stay cool this summer!

-Cheryl

 

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