When the first heat wave hits, we quickly forget how long we’ve been waiting (and praying) for the warmer weather. And although the North Shore has some of the highest-rated beaches in Massachusetts, sometimes it’s just TOO hot for a beach day when temperatures reach and exceed 90 °F. During the summertime, these extreme temperatures can infiltrate your home, making for an uncomfortable experience for you and your family.
So what are you supposed to do? We’ve put together some helpful tips below on how you can keep your home cool when the temperatures reach their peak this summer.
Keep the Sun Out/Let the Cool Air In
During the day, keep curtains and blinds closed on windows that receive direct sunlight. Medium-colored drapes and blackout curtains can reduce heat gains by 33%*.
Once the sun goes down, if temperatures have dropped, open the windows and let the fresh, cool air breeze in. Don’t be afraid to use fans around the home and especially in the bedrooms to better circulate the cool air at night.
Lower Appliance Usage
It’s no secret that appliances such as your dryer, dishwasher, oven and stovetop throw off a lot of heat when in use. We recommend doing your laundry and running the dishwasher at night, after the cooler air has rolled in. As for avoiding an indoor temperature spike when cooking, head outside and fire up the grill. For those who don’t have a grill, be sure to turn on the vent fan on your stove. The vent won’t cool things off too much but at least it’ll create better airflow and pull some of the hot air outside.
Turn On the A/C
Your air conditioner will be your best friend not only during a heat wave, but all summer long. Avoid fiddling with temperature settings throughout the day and install a programmable thermostat. You’ll not only benefit from the cost savings, but you’ll also be able to set a constant, comfortable temperature for your home morning, noon and night. It’s also important to keep your system running efficiently, and you can do this by scheduling regular tune-ups before each cooling season.
Be prepared for the heat and call the cooling experts at Scott Energy to schedule an A/C installation or tune-up at 800-736-4929.
*”Energy Efficient Window Attachments.” Department of Energy, https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-attachments