Beat the Heat - Tips for keeping your home cool this summer

Dated: June 3 2021

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BEAT THE HEAT - Tips for keeping your home cool this summer without spending more money!

The hot summer months can take a toll on your home and your wallet. Here are a few tips to help keep your home cool while keeping your energy costs down and possibly increasing your home’s resale value.

Check your air conditioner - Make sure your air conditioner is working properly before the summer starts. If it doesn’t appear to be working properly, call out a technician to service it. If you have an older unit, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency one. It will save you money on the electric bill and can also help your resale value.

Change your filters - Make sure to check your filters regularly and when they appear dirty, replace them.

Check for drafts - Check window and door seals to make sure that no cold air is leaking out. If there is a small gap, you can easily fix the problem with foam sealant, silicone caulk, or weather stripping.

Avoid using certain appliances - During the day, try to avoid using appliances that generate a lot of heat such as an oven or dishwasher. Use these things later in the evening when it’s cooler.

Turn on your ceiling fans - If you have ceiling fans, turn them on. Ceiling fans help bring cool air in and drive hot air out. This can make it cooler inside so you can turn the thermostat up, which saves money.

Consider your lightbulbs - Consider replacing your old lightbulbs with energy efficient fluorescent bulbs, halogen infrareds, or LEDs.

Keep your fridge full - Yep, you read that right! When your fridge is full it doesn’t warm up as quickly if the door is left open. Keeping your fridge stocked will help keep it cooler and use less energy!

Use window coverings - Invest in blinds or curtains that can help keep the heat out. Make sure to keep them closed during the day when it’s hot and open them in the evening when it’s cooler.

Attic insulation - Heat rises, so attics can reach temperatures of 150 degrees. Make sure your attic is properly insulated from the rest of the house.

Use light colors - If you are planning to redo your roof or repaint the outside of your home, consider choosing a light color so that it deflects the light instead of absorbing it.

If you have a bigger budget - With double or triple paned windows, you can expect energy savings of anywhere from 30 to 50 percent, depending on whether you choose average energy-efficient windows or top of the line models. Also look into replacing carpeted areas with tile. Carpet helps to retain heat, which can make your home feel warmer in the summer.

I specialize in the representation of homeowners from your community, and believe you deserve access to the most current, objective and comprehensive information affecting the value of your home. If you require the services of a real estate professional now or in the future, please feel free to contact me.

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Anne Butcher

Award-winning agent including America's Top 100 Real Estate Agents from 2019 and 2020. A full-time Real Estate Agent since 2003 and a certified negotiation expert. Awarded eXp Realty Icon Agent Statu....

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