Stay Cool This Summer With These Tips
Each season brings different weather and it’s no secret that Arizona heats up during the summer which makes cooling the house down a challenge. We encourage you to stay cool during the record heat with these tips and tricks.
Close the Blinds and Buy Blackout Curtains
During the day keep the blinds closed if you can. The hottest time of day is between 3 pm and 4:30 pm. If you don’t have blinds or don’t get enough relief from closing the blinds, invest in blackout curtains. Blackout curtains are proven to redirect heat from your home and keep rooms cool.
Don’t be afraid to exhaust different options when it comes to cooking. An oven is a great appliance, but it can heat up the kitchen and the rest of the house quickly. If you are able to avoid turning it on, use an outdoor grill or even an air fryer.
Check Your Fans
Did you know that the direction of your fan can have a direct impact on cooling down a room? If a ceiling fan is rotating clockwise it could be defeating its own purpose. Change the direction of the fan and have it rotate counter-clockwise. Hot air will be pulled up and out of the room rather than pushed down into the room.
Doors and Windows
It’s important to check for any openings in windows and doors where cold air can slip out of the house. If you do find any spots in the house that are letting air in or out, close the spot off immediately. Home Depot and Lowes are great resources to get ideas on solutions.
Cotton Sheets For the Summer
When wintertime comes around its instinct to switch to a down comforter and flannel sheets for the bed. So why not change the sheets when summer rolls around? Replace the flannel with cotton bed sheets and a thin comforter.
Finally, Make the CFL Switch
We all hear how important it is for the environment that incandescent light bulbs are changed to CFL. Well if all of the above options have been exhausted and you still can’t cool off, now is the time to finally make the switch to CFL. Incandescent bulbs can radiate heat without you realizing it, causing a room to remain warm unnecessarily.
These are only a few tips that we found, tried, and know that work. There are many more out there so look around and let us know how they work for you! We love to hear from our clients and friends.
Most importantly, if you recently purchased a new home or are looking to buy, give us a call and we’ll help you save money on your policy.