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How to keep your house cool in summer heat

How to keep your house cool in summer heat

                       Protect your home and wallet from summer heat

As temperatures reach their peak this summer, we have the luxury of escaping indoors to air-conditioned comfort. Unfortunately, our home’s exterior isn’t as lucky.  It must bear the brunt of summer’s heat and humidity.  Because of this, the inside of our home absorbs added heat, causing our air conditioner to work harder to keep the home at a comfortable temperature, greatly increasing our energy costs.

That’s why, it’s important to take measures that can keep your home as cool as possible.  Here are a few tips that can help:

 

  • Dealing with sunlight

Keep your windows, blinds and curtains closed on hot, sunny days to keep your house from heating up. Your air conditioner will have to work a lot harder to lower the temperature if you allow the sun to heat up your house.

An even better option would be to add solar screens to windows facing the most sun.  Solar screens can offer temperature reduction of up to 15 degrees and savings of up to 25-30% of the cooling portion of electric energy costs.  They also offer UV protection, eliminating fading and discoloration of indoor materials.

 

  • Use your fan along with your AC

By turning on a fan in the room that you are in, you can have your thermostat set one or two degrees higher and not even notice the difference.

 

  • Proper attic ventilation

Temperatures in the attic can easily exceed 150 degrees F.  This heat can penetrate your ceilings, contributing to higher cooling costs.  Improper attic ventilation can also accelerate the aging process by decreasing the life of your roof shingles, ruining your attic insulation, damaging roof framing members, and contributing to mold growth.

Proper ventilation should provide continuous air flow, entering from the soffit vents (under roof overhangs and exiting from roof or ridge vents at the top.  This process happens naturally through convection.  As the warm air rises, it draws cooler air from the soffit vents.  Because of this process, half of the vented area of your roof should be high and the other half low.  Consult with a qualified roofing company if you believe you are in need of proper ventilation.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Landscaping

Strategically placed trees and shrubs can help cool a home.  Place deciduous trees and shrubs on your home’s east and west sides to block sun from entering your home. Also, plant leafy ground covers to cool the area around your home. Is your AC unit in direct sun?  Planting a shade tree or bush near the unit (be careful not to clog the unit intake by planting too close) can reduce the amount of energy required to cool your home by 10 percent.

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    • Rafaella says:

      We had a solar vent put in our roof, and were amazed at how much coleor the house got. Years later, the house was still cool, but when I went up to check the fan, I found that the solar panel had burned out, and the fan was not moving. Apparently, just having a large vent near the ridgeline, even without forced air, is enough to make a huge difference.If I had to do it again, I would put one of those wind-powered vents, the kind that looks like a turban, up there. In our neighborhood, those things have been on people’s rooftops for like 20 years. They’ve rusted, but I still see them turning in the breeze.If you really want to use the existing vent, maybe consider one of those really powerful attic fans, that plugs into AC. You would only need to run it on low, or maybe just for a few minutes to clear out the hot air.

    • Ionela says:

      you will definitely be waitsng your timeproper venting is through natural convection flow cool in at the eve vents and hot out at the ridge.venting starts with screened openings in the bird blocks between rafters and either mushroom roof vents or continuous ridge vents at the top.improperly installed ceiling insulation is the most common problem with attic venting make sure there is a clear path for air to flow over the insulation right behind the bird blocks cardboard baffles are often stapled between to the rafters to keep the passage clear

  2. Jostin says:

    All attics are hot in sumemr and cold in winter. So why are you worried about it?But if you are, First make sure the vents at the eves of the attic are clear. that way you have movement of air.Second, if your still concerned you can put vents in the side walls of your attic.Third and most important- make sure you have lots, and I mean 10 to 14 of insulation in the cealing of the room below the attic.(the attic floor) This will help keep you cool in sumemr and warm in winter.Unless there is a specific problem with the construction of your house and roof I would recomend the K.I.S.S. plan. (keep it simple _____)The attic will ventalate itself, if you keep the vents clear.

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