In the summer months, it is often very difficult to keep your home cool and comfortable. Some homeowners crank the air conditioning, but this wastes energy and others do not have this luxury. Luckily there are several other ways to stay cool by taking advantage of shade and other techniques in the hotter months. Here are 5 of the best tips and tricks for keeping your home cool and shaded all summer long.
- Close windows and blinds during the peak hours of the day. During the peak hours of 11am to 2pm, the sun is at it’s highest and hottest. This means if your blinds are open, the hot sun rays are beating in through your window panes all day long, adding extra warmth to your home! To keep cool, close blinds completely. Also, take advantage of heavy curtains which act as a barrier between the sun and the rooms of your home, trapping the air between the curtain and the window effectively for great cooling results.
- Plant tall bushes and trees close to your home. Not only do lush, green plants add curb appeal to your yard, but they also provide natural shade to your home, helping to keep it cooler all summer long. These plants are usually low maintenance but have a high impact.
- Install awnings over windows and or doors of your house. Theses are often simple to install and are a great investment. Awning provides shade when you are relaxing outside and enjoying your yard. In addition, they are an additional barrier that can act to prevent the sun’s rays from warming your home considerably.
- Make sure that your windows and doors are properly insulated and sealed up. Check around the edges of windows and doors to make sure there aren’t any cracks or holes. These gaps and spaces can reduce your home’s energy efficiency, allowing hot summer air in that is unwanted in doors. You can easily fix this by purchasing caulk at a local home and garden center or hardware store nearby. Apply the caulk liberally around the edge of your window or door and make sure it gets into the cracks. Wipe clean, and enjoy the benefits! This is a simple and quick project that almost anyone can do.
- Finally, open windows in the evening to let in cool summer breezes. Often the temperature will drop significantly at night. Letting the breeze blow in will flush out any stagnant, hot air in your home. Just be sure to close the windows again before sunrise in order to trap that cool air inside, and continue to block out hot air.
All of these tips will help you to keep your home cooler in the summer without having to waste energy on your air conditioner. Just be sure to caulk windows and doors, open windows and night, close windows during the day, utilize blinds and curtains, plant trees and bushes to shade your house and block the sun or even install widow or door awnings or architectural louvers.