Summertime Tips to Cool Off Your Home

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Warm weather days are officially upon us.  Though we have all been patiently waiting for the break in the weather after the long and cold winter, it does present some new challenges.  High energy bills and homes too hot to handle can occur as the temperature rises.  With that in mind, think about these tips to cool off your home.

— Open windows and use portable and ceiling fans.
— Make sure ceiling fans are set for summer (the air should blow downward).
— Place a box fan in front of your window air conditioner to circulate cool air throughout the house.
— Keep TVs and lamps away from your thermostat; the heat from these appliances can cause the air conditioner to run longer.
— Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the air conditioning while you are asleep or at work.
— Stick to white shades, drapes, and blinds for windows to reflect heat away from your home.
— During the day, close curtains on windows facing south and west.
— Give your air conditioning unit some shade by planting trees or shrubs, but make sure they don’t block the unit’s airflow.
— Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use a fifth of the energy and heat of incandescent bulbs.
— Turn off computers and computer monitors when not in use.
— Lower the thermostat on your water heater (115° is usually comfortable).
— Caulk and weatherstrip to keep cool air inside your home.

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