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Tips to keep your house cool during the summer

Windows and Doors: During the peak heat of the day, it’s best to keep windows and blinds shut, especially on windows that face south. You can use blackout curtains or blinds with reflective backing to block out as much heat as possible.

Another step you can take is to seal any air leaks. Small cracks and gaps around windows, doors, and electrical outlets can allow hot air to seep in. You can use caulk or weather stripping to seal these leaks.

Consider installing awnings over south-facing windows to provide shade and help reduce heat gain. Additionally, window films can be used to reflect sunlight and further minimize heat gain.

Thermostat: Adjusting your thermostat by raising it a few degrees when you’re out can make a significant difference in energy consumption. Turning off electronics when not in use can also help reduce heat generated inside your home.

Investing in a programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re away or asleep. Smart blinds can be programmed to close during the hottest part of the day, maximizing heat blocking. Proper attic ventilation is also important to prevent excessive heat build-up, which can radiate down into your living area.

Appliances: Using your oven and stove sparingly during the hottest part of the day and opting for grilling outdoors or using a toaster oven for smaller meals can help keep your home cooler.

Installing ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise during the summer can create a cooling breeze. Hanging damp towels near open windows can create a slight evaporative cooling effect. Additionally, planting shade trees in strategic locations can help reduce heat gain on your walls and roofs.

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