5 Commonly Overlooked Ways to Keep the Summer Heat Out of Your Home

Before air conditioning – which was only less than fifty years ago – people had to get creative if they wanted to keep the summer heat out of their homes. If people couldn’t keep the heat out of their homes, they had to seek shelter elsewhere. When modern air conditioning came along, it changed everything, but not until it was invented did people forget about the old methods of beating the summer heat. However, with rising utility costs and the constant threat of global warming, people are starting to return to some of those old, creative methods of beating the heat. Here are five commonly overlooked ways to keep the summer heat out of your home.

  1. Electrical fans and ice cubes. One of the most overlooked ways to keep the summer heat out of your home is to blast a few electrical fans. Not only can electrical fans keep you cool, but they can also circulate the air. The more air moves, the cooler it will be. However, if you really want to increase the cooling power, simply place a jug of ice cubes in front of the fan and you have a DIY air conditioning system.
  2. Plant a tree or hedge to shade your home and beat the summer heat. One of the biggest secrets that the HVAC industry doesn’t want you to know about is that trees can drastically cool down your home in the summertime. As air passes through the leaves and shrubbery, it can cool the air down by up to 20 degrees. If you want to beat the heat and save money on your air conditioning bills, this is one of the best methods.
  3. Awnings. In the olds days, people would attach awnings to their homes to beat the direct sunlight into their homes. In fact, if you have large windows that face either the north or south sides of your home, you should install awnings, because you could be finding it a constant battle to keep trying to beat the heat. Awnings can effectively reduce the heat from direct sunlight by up to 40%. This will not only keep your home cool, but it will also save you a ton of money on your utility bills.
  4. Make sure to look forĀ home air leaks. Air leakage can be the number one reason why you are losing the battle against the summertime heat. What can happen is that tiny imperceptible air leaks in your door and window frames, electrical outlets and vents, are causing the air inside your home to escape. If you have your air conditioning blasting, all the cool air is basically being wasted. This can both cost you a lot of money and it will increase your carbon footprint. Plus, it won’t keep the summer heat outside of your home.
  5. Eat out. Another overlooked way to keep the summer heat out of your home is to not cook food using the oven. If your home is already warm, it will be a certified scorcher when you turn on your oven. By making sure to use the microwave or order take out, you can stay cool and have an excuse to eat a delicious meal.

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