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Ways to Stay Cool in Your Home Without A/C

Summer’s can be rough if you are not fortunate enough to live in an air-conditioned home. If you are one of those people, you looking for some ways to beat the extreme heat that we have been seeing across the Midwest/east coast.

Here are some ideas on how to cool down your home to avoid overheating during these hot, humid days.

  1. Cover your furniture
    A great way to make your furniture more comfortable is to cover it with smooth, light-colored fabric.  Put a smooth light-colored fabric on your couch. Cover your pillows with satin pillow cases. You want a cool surface against your skin – not cozy knits.
  2. Hang out in your basement (or lowest level of your home)
    Plan activities that take place in the lower level of your home, even if it’s just hanging out or reading. Warm air rises so your coolest place is going to be on the lowest level, closest to the ground.
  3. Suck up cooler air with a fan
    Set up a portable fan so that it sucks up the cooler air from the floor below and blows the hot air towards the ceiling. Another great idea is to purchase a window fan. These usually have inside and outside air exchanges so you can control the direction the air blows. You can also turn on the vent fan on your stove to draw hot air up out of the house.
  4. Close your blinds and curtains
    Block the sun’s heat during the day but keeping all of your blinds and curtains closed. When it cools down at night, open up your windows to let some of the cooler air into your home.
  5. Turn off all sources of heat.
    Try not to use your stove or oven to cook food. Make a cool, crisp salad or a hearty sandwich. Even the microwave can throw off heat so it’s good to try to use that minimally as well. Make sure to turn off your lamps, tv and computer when you’re not using it. You should even unplug your power adapters, as some give off heat as well.

I hope you are all staying cool and that these tips will help you do so. We are supposed to be able to relax and enjoy being in our home, not sweating to
death.

Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

-Cheryl

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Buying and Selling When It’s Hot

It’s heating up outside so how do we maximize our buying/selling results in the heat? Here are 5 Summer Real Estate Tips from Jamey Wolbert that will help us attack the summer season. There are typically more active buyers and sellers during the summer months. Here are some tips and trends to make your summer season the most effective.

1. Sellers: Don’t Forget the Outside

During summer, landscaping and outdoor space are especially important aspects of your home sale. Maximize the space by keeping the exterior clean, organized, and inviting. Pressure washing, lawn care, and other regular maintenance tasks can do wonders for your bottom line.

2. Buyers: Don’t Forget the Inside

It can be easy to get swept away by a great fenced lawn, pool, deck, and other exterior features, especially when you are house hunting at the peak of summer. But don’t let visions of outdoor relaxation and entertaining distract you from other essential home features or sway you into overlooking interior concerns.

3. Sellers: Know Your Competition

With more houses on the market, knowing what you are up against is key. Being aware of other homes for sale in your neighborhood can help you define your home’s own weaknesses and strengths. Reviewing information on area listings can also help ensure that you price your home right.

4. Buyers: Remember Your Goals

When a surge of homes come on the market at the start of summer, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all of the options. Don’t lose sight of the features that are most important to you, and try to set reasonable expectations that suit your budget, lifestyle, and overall needs.

5. Everybody: Don’t Get Squeezed by the Season

Even though summer is a prime time for buyers and sellers, don’t let the seasonal time frame become an added stress during your house hunt or home sale. Both buyers and sellers can find success throughout the year!

If you have questions or are looking for more tips, feel free to contact me directly!

Happy Summer!!

Cheryl

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