Keeping Cool Tips For Your Home
- Install white window shades, mini-blinds, or insulated blinds on all windows, they work just as well in the summer as the winter.
- Close south and west-facing curtains and blinds during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.
- Install awnings on south-facing windows, where there's insufficient roof overhang to provide shade.
- Interior window films can be used to reduce the heat gain through glass without eliminating visibility. Remember, however, that these films will also reduce the warmth of the sun during the winter months also!
- Check for cracks around your windows, and seal them with appropriate caulk or weather stripping. Here are some tips for sealing cracks.
- Install ceiling fans* in rooms you would like to cool. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. (*Keep in mind that it does little good to run it when you're not around. The fan really isn't cooling the room. Like a breeze on a hot summer day, it's the blowing air moving across your body that makes you feel cooler.)
- Wash and dry clothes in the evening after it has cooled down. Use exhaust fans in the area if you must use them during the day to remove the warm air.
- Unless you absolutely need them, turn off incandescent lights and heat-generating appliances.
- When it's time to cook, opt for the barbecue or microwave instead of the stove.
- If the attic isn't already insulated or is under-insulated, insulate it NOW. This will give you the greatest change in comfort for the least amount of expense.
Keeping Cool Tips For You
- Drink lots of water and natural juices. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and colas.
- Take cool baths or showers.
- Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
- Do not eat heavy meals.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
- Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you're ready to go outside and as the ice melts you'll have nice cold water with you.