With record breaking temperatures this summer it’s more important than ever to keep yourself (and your pets!) safe and cool. Here are 5 tips for keeping your house cool during the summer heat.
- Use a Dehumidifier – Humidity can make high temperatures even worse. It’s heavy and hangs in the air making a hot day even more miserable. High humidity inside can damage your electronics, cause mold to grow, dripping pipes and other unforeseen damage. Using a dehumidifier can also provide relief to those with allergies and asthma.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat – Staying consistent with your thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars of the course of a year. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature inside your home to a higher temperature when no one is home and just before you return you can have it automatically kick on to a cooler temp.
- Leaky Ducts – Accounting for 25% of the cooling costs in an average home, signs of leaky ducts you can look for are: hot or cool spots in your home, dusty rooms after you turn on your HVAC system and high utility bills. It doesn’t matter how efficient your HVAC system is if the air isn’t being properly transported around your home due to leaky ducts, you’re literally throwing money right out the window. We recommend calling a local pro to have your system checked out and serviced if you haven’t had an inspection in a while.
- Make some shade – One of the easiest ways to beat the summer heat is to block it out! This is especially crucial for folks with homes or apartments that might east or west facing. You’re getting all the sun beaming straight into your homes all day long. Installing mini-blinds on all your windows is a no-brainer but take it a step further and find yourself some heavy duty ‘black-out’ curtains. These curtains are made especially for keeping out the sun and consequently, the heat!
- Heat Source – Do your best to try and keep the use of your ‘heat-generating’ appliances to a minimum. Appliances such as your washer/dryer, your stove and oven use a ton of energy and in turn produce a ton of heat! Try using your washer either first in the morning or later in the evening when things have cooled off a little bit. Hang your wet clothes out on a line to dry rather than using the dryer inside. An alternative to the stove or oven could be using a toaster oven instead or firing up the grill outside! Finally, game consoles and computers can generate a lot of heat if left running so be sure to turn them off when they’re not being used.
Now that you’ve got your house cooled down, the next step is to keep it clean. If cleaning is the last thing on your mind this summer, then call us! (512)-580-9209 We love to clean and would love to take that responsibility off your shoulders. View our complete service checklist to see all that we have to offer. If you’re unsure about anything Contact Us, we love answering your questions.