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Stay Cool This Summer

General Trish Pigott 28 Jul

Can you believe we are already halfway through Summer?! To maximize your enjoyment for the remainder of the season, we have some great tips for staying cool AND saving money.

1. Cook in the Great Outdoors

Summer is all about enjoying the sunshine, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing in your own personal backyard oasis. Avoid cooking in your house to reduce heat in the kitchen and fire up that BBQ.

2. Take Advantage of Fans

Instead of cranking the A/C (and your electricity bill), consider cooling down your home with portable fans – That is if it’s not too hot! Portable fans work by creating a breeze, helping to circulate the air and causing a wind-chill effect that hits your skin and helps keep you cool.

PRO TIP: For an extra blast of coolness, place a bowl of ice in front of the fan to create a refreshing mist of air!

3. Shut Out the Heat

On days where the temperature is especially warm, keep the blinds and curtains drawn to reduce the heat coming into your home. It will reduce the stress on your air conditioning and portable fans and allow your home to stay cooler and more comfortable.

4. Maintain Your Air Filters

An often-overlooked aspect of home maintenance is changing the air filters. With summer in full swing, we suggest you check the filters in your home. Dirty filters slow airflow and make the system work harder, thereby reducing airflow and causing the heat to build up in your home. Plus, ignoring the maintenance on these can lead to expensive repairs down the road. Replacing your air filters every three months is ideal to keep dirt and dust out of your system and ensure they are working optimally.

5. Swap to Energy Efficient Lighting

You have probably heard some of the reasons why LED lights have become so popular, but did you know that they also produce 75 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs and can help keep room temperature down? This not only keeps your home cooler during those toasty summer months, but it can also help reduce monthly bills!

Whether you implement one or all of these handy cool-down tips, we hope you have an amazing remainder of your summer!