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Summer home cooling tips

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Staying cool in the summer heat  

As the weather heats up, it can be hard to keep your cool. We have some steps you can take to cool your home more efficiently. A few changes can keep your electricity use down, your home cool, and help you beat the summer heat.

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Keeping the heat out

The easiest way to stay cool at home this summer is to keep hot air out. Here are four ways to keep the heat out.

  1. Keep the blinds closed. Drawing the curtains or shades, especially in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight, can block up to 65% of the heat that enters your home through windows. You can also install an outdoor awning if you want the same shade without having to close the curtains.
  2. Plant trees and plants. Have you ever thought about planting a deciduous shade tree in your yard? Plant the right tree in the right place, and it'll help cool your home for years to come. You can also use vines to keep the heat off the side of your home.
  3. Draftproof. Another option is to draftproof your home. This will not only keep the hot air out in the summer, but it also keeps the cold air out when winter comes around. Plus, it's a low-cost and easy DIY way to keep your home at the ideal temperature year-round.
  4. Use your fans efficiently. Fans are a great low-cost way to get the air flowing in your home. It won't cool the air, but if you place a portable fan near a window, in the cooler evening or morning hours, you can draw cooler outside air into your home.
  5. Check out Dave's crafty summer hacks to help you stay cool and manage your electricity use.

Using appliances less

Minimizing the amount of heat you're generating is a simple way to lower the temperature in your home.

Running your dryer in the summer uses energy and generates excess heat. Instead, try hanging your laundry to dry. Simply hang drying half your laundry will save up to $50 in electricity costs while keeping unnecessary heat out of your house.

Take advantage of the warmer and brighter days in the summer by cooking outside on the barbecue. Reducing the use of appliances, such as the stove and the oven, will minimize indoor heat generation and lessen the need for home cooling.

Watch Dave learn from a grill master how to keep the cooking and the heat outdoors.

Improving air flow

If the outside temperature is cooler than inside, place fans at downstairs windows to help bring the cool air in and upstairs to push the warm air out.

If your home is on one level, position a fan to draw cool air in through one window and push it through another window.

Ceiling fans are the most efficient fan option for cooling. They use one-tenth the energy of an air conditioner and are a great alternative. To lower indoor temperatures by up to 10%, make sure the fan is rotating counterclockwise.

Watch Dave's fan tips to get the most out of your fan this summer.

A heat pump can heat and cool

If you're planning a major renovation or building a new home, consider a heat pump as a way to bump up your cooling options.

Watch Dave and Jaclyn as they cover all the benefits of cooling your home with a heat pump.

A heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. It works in the same basic way as a refrigerator. In heating mode, a heat pump extracts heat from outside the house and delivers it inside. In cooling mode, the cycle is reversed and heat is taken from inside the home and moves outside. 

Check out our summer cooling tips for heat pumps.