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Keeping Cool on a Budget
Summer Heat and Home Comfort
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As your thermometer
inches into the red, you want to be sure your energy budget stays in the
black. These tips will help you keep your home comfortable all summer without
breaking the bank.
  1. Cold air from your air conditioner leaking out of
    your home is a huge energy waste. Check seals around doors and windows
    that may have incurred some damage during winter and could leak cold air
    out and let hot air in. Consider taking a look at the state of your
    insulation. Change the air conditioning unit’s filter as well — and
    change it monthly throughout the warm months.
  2. Don’t cool unused rooms! If you’re not using the
    guest bedroom, close the vents and keep the door shut. The flow of cool
    air will be stronger to the rooms you actually do use, as well.
  3. Ceiling fans are a wonderful low-energy way to cool
    off. Many models have seasonal settings that allow you to change the
    blades’ spinning direction to maximize their effectiveness. In summer,
    the blades should rotate counterclockwise.
  4. If you removed any shutters or screens for the
    winter, it’s time to get those out and put them back up. Check the state
    of your blinds as well. They should close tightly so you can block the
    windows, minimizing the heat that enters your home. White shades and
    blinds are the best choice for blocking the heat. If you’re lucky to
    live in an area where the temperature drops significantly at night, be
    sure you open the blinds and windows before heading to bed.
  5. Window awnings are a great choice for beating the
    heat before it can start turning up the temperature on your windows. Or
    you could opt for hanging decorative screens or shades over them.
  6. Save jobs that generate heat for the cooler evening
    hours: Run the dishwasher and clothes dryer overnight. Better yet,
    install a drying rack or clothes line in your backyard.
  7. Lovely landscaping enhances any home, and adding a
    few shade trees is a great idea if you’re already making some updates to
    your yard. Your outdoor air conditioning unit should always be shaded to
    help you save energy and improve the unit’s efficiency as well. One
    caveat though: don’t shade the southern side of the home so that the
    winter sun can provide free heat!
As the summer heat
cranks up, we’re all thinking of ways to keep cool that won’t force us to dip
into the vacation budget to pay for. I hope these tips are helpful to you and
your family as you prepare to enjoy the summer season!

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Real Estate Questions visit The Bliss Real Estate Group
Call Kirsten: 919-467-0707 or email: blissrealestate@topproducer.com
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