Summer weather is here! Hurray! Now our homes are hot inside. Boo…
Keeping the temperature inside your home comfortable can be pricey. Fentress Builders offers some budget-friendly tips on keeping your house cool in the summer.
A ceiling fan can make your room feel 6 to 7 degrees cooler for an affordable price. Even the most heavy-duty ceiling fan running for 12 hours per day costs less than $10 per month. Keep your thermostat set no lower than 78 degrees when using a ceiling fan. During the summer, your ceiling fan should spin counter-clockwise to force the air downward, creating a wind chill.
Close The Door
The R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass said, “Close the door.” Take his advice. Close off unused rooms to reduce the travel space for cool air.
Close The Blinds
Purchase shades or blinds that are white or a light color to better reflect sunlight away from your home. Close your blinds rooms that get a lot of sunlight during the daytime.
Turn Off The Electronics
Lighting, electronics and appliances give off more heat than you may think. Not only do they make your home feel warmer, but they make your air conditioner work harder, which costs more money. Try not to cook inside on hot days, and when you are cooking indoors, be sure to use the range fan to remove excess heat.
Plug The Holes
If you’re paying for air conditioning, don’t let it go to waste. Check your windows and doors to ensure there are no drafts or areas where hot air can get in and cool air can get out.
Help keep the cool air in and warm air out in the summertime with proper attic and roof maintenance. Make sure you have adequate insulation in the attic and there are no loose or missing shingles on the roof. If you have a flat top roof and a strong desire to keep your home cool, consider painting your roof white to reflect the sun away from your home.
Preparing your home for summer can feel like a challenge.