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Unconventional Ways To Keep the Heat Out of Your House

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Looking for some way to beat the heat? Keeping your house at a comfortable temperature can get costly during the toasty summer months. Try some of these tips to cool down your home without blasting your AC.

1. BlocK The Heat From Coming Into Your House.

One of the best ways to keep cool is to prevent the heat from coming in at all, mainly through your windows. There are many ways to achieve this objective. Keep your blinds closed during daylight. Blocking your windows with dark curtains can help shield you from excessive heat. Covering up the windows on the outside of the house can also be beneficial. Adding awnings, shades, or shutters to the outside of your windows will effectively block the heat from getting in. Trees can also act as a shield for your home. Plant a tree or two in your yard and benefit from the shade it provides.

2. Utilize Your Fans.

It’s no secret that a fan can help the air feel cooler. Fans don’t cool down the air, but they do provide a breeze that can cool down your body. Utilize those fans by placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan. It’s a simple trick that provides cool air, even ice-cold air. You can also better utilize your ceiling fan by changing its direction. Did you know that there is a small switch at the base of your fan that changes the direction it’s spinning? During the summer, change your fan to a counter-clockwise direction. This will bring the air flow in a downward direction, blowing the breeze to you.   

3. Don’t Create Heat in Your house.

Avoid creating excessive heat inside your house by changing up a few simple things, like changing out your light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs admit the most heat and use up the most energy. Changing to another light bulb will cool down your house and bring down your electric bill. Using your stove or oven in the summer can also bring up your house temperature. With your stove being an open heat element, it essentially acts as a space heater in your kitchen. Try grilling outside or cooking without the stove or oven to avoid bringing the extra heat.

If none of this works, it could be that you are in need of an air conditioning repair or replacement. If this is the case, Complete Heating and Air would be happy to assist you! Click here to contact us.