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Keeping Cool This Summer

Keeping Cool This Summer

 

            After a long wait for warmer weather, it appears we are moving into summer like weather very quickly. The hot, humid days of summer will be upon us before we know it.  

Whether you rent or own your home, you probably want to save money on monthly utility bills – particularly during the summer. Here are some great tips for keeping cool and saving money this summer.

            Add a Fan - Ceiling fans give the sensation that a room is cooler than it actually is because it creates a breeze, which helps perspiration evaporate from your skin so that you feel cooler.

            Keep the Sun Out - Curtains and blinds help keep the summer sun from entering and heating your home. During the day, close window coverings on south and west-facing windows to reduce heat gain.  Awnings, trees, fences and trellises are terrific for blocking the sun on a permanent basis.

            Close More than the Window – While it is quite obvious to close windows and patio doors while running the air conditioner, what about other openings in your house?  Close the fireplace damper if you’re not using the fireplace. Also, seal gaps around windows and doors with caulking and weather stripping

            Aid Your Air Conditioner -It’s important to keep your air conditioner in best maintenance status as it both cools and dehumidifies indoor air. For something so vital to keeping you cool and preventing mold, yearly maintenance is worth it. Before cooling season begins, make certain your unit is in good working condition and have it inspected by a qualified technician. Check your filters at least once a month and change them when dirty or according to manufacturer’s instructions. When the air conditioner runs, it removes moisture from the air. This moisture travels down a condensate line and then empties outdoors. Make sure that this line can drain freely. Blockage causes a backup of water in the system, which prevents the unit from dehumidifying the house. A good indication that the condensation drain is open is to check that it drips water out of the pipe (outside) when the air conditioning has been running for a period of time.




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