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Beat the Heat: Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

As the mercury climbs and the sun intensifies, ensuring your home stays cool becomes paramount. A comfortable indoor atmosphere not only enhances your overall well-being but also plays a significant role in managing your energy expenses.

Firstly, let’s talk about insulation. Good insulation isn’t just for keeping your home warm in the winter; it’s equally important for keeping it cool in the summer. Proper insulation helps trap cool air inside and prevents hot air from infiltrating your living spaces. Check your home’s insulation, especially in the attic and walls, and consider adding more if needed. It’s an investment that pays off in both comfort and energy savings.

Next up, consider the power of shading. Direct sunlight streaming through windows can quickly turn your home into an oven. Installing blinds, curtains, or shades can significantly reduce the amount of heat entering your home. Opt for light-colored window treatments to reflect sunlight away from your living spaces. Additionally, outdoor shading solutions such as awnings or planting trees strategically can provide natural cooling and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property.

Ventilation is another key factor in keeping your home cool. Cross-ventilation, achieved by opening windows strategically to allow a breeze to flow through your home, can work wonders, especially during cooler times of the day or evening. Consider installing ceiling fans or using portable fans to circulate air effectively. And don’t forget about your attic - proper ventilation up there can prevent heat buildup and reduce the strain on your air conditioning system.

Speaking of air conditioning, maintaining your AC unit is essential for efficient cooling. Regularly clean or replace air filters to ensure optimal airflow and performance. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to regulate indoor temperatures more efficiently, adjusting settings to reduce energy consumption when you’re away or asleep. And don’t overlook the importance of scheduling professional maintenance to keep your AC running smoothly throughout the summer.

Don’t forget to be mindful of heat-generating activities and appliances. Cooking, using certain electronics, and even lighting can contribute to indoor heat buildup. Try to minimize these activities during the hottest parts of the day or use them strategically to avoid unnecessary heat accumulation. Consider switching to energy-efficient appliances that produce less heat, and opt for LED lighting, which generates less heat compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.

Keeping your home cool in the summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By implementing these tips, you can create a comfortable indoor environment while also saving energy and money. As a real estate company committed to helping homeowners make the most of their properties, we encourage you to explore these solutions and enjoy a cool and refreshing summer at home.


Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, joined the Coldwell Banker brand in 2016, and is a member of the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle as one of the top Coldwell Banker affiliated companies in the world.  Coldwell Banker Lifestyles has approximately 150 real estate sales professionals in 10 offices throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Western Maine, working to guide buyers and sellers to successful real estate transactions.

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