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Beat the Heat with These Essential Tips for Homeowners

Sunday, June 23, 2024

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The Heat Wave is Here
Ah, summer! It's the season of barbecues, pool parties, and unfortunately, sweltering heat. If you're a homeowner, you've probably felt the impact of rising temperatures on your comfort and energy bills. But don't sweat it!

Why Keeping Your Home Cool is Crucial
From ensuring your family's comfort to protecting your home’s structure, maintaining a cool interior is more important than you might think. High indoor temperatures can compromise air quality, increase energy costs, and even affect your sleep quality. Knowing how to manage the heat efficiently can make your summer more enjoyable and less stressful.

Optimize Your Air Conditioning
Routine Maintenance Matters
Maintaining your air conditioning unit is crucial. Regularly cleaning or replacing filters can improve efficiency by up to 15%. Don’t forget to schedule a professional inspection at least once a year to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Use Smart Thermostats
Consider investing in a smart thermostat. These devices learn your schedule and adjust temperatures accordingly, saving you money while keeping you comfortable.

Set it and Forget it
Setting your thermostat to a consistent temperature can prevent your AC from working overtime. Aim for about 75°F when you're home and when you're away.

Insulation Is Key
Check Your Attic
A poorly insulated attic can be a major source of heat entering your home. Adding or upgrading insulation can keep your home cooler and reduce energy bills.

Seal Gaps and Cracks
Examine your home for gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and vents. Sealing these can prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering.

Install Reflective Barriers
Reflective barriers in your attic can deflect heat away, keeping your home significantly cooler. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

Window Treatments for Summer
Use Energy-efficient Blinds
Energy-efficient blinds and shades can block out sunlight and heat. Look for options with reflective backings to maximize their cooling effects.

Opt for Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are not just for bedrooms. They can help keep any room cool by blocking out the sun's rays.

Efficient Use of Fans
Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can be a great addition to your cooling strategy. They help circulate air and can make a room feel up to 4°F cooler. Make sure fan blades are rotating counterclockwise to push cool air down.

Smart Use of Appliances
Cook Wisely
Using your oven or stove can significantly increase your home's temperature. Opt for grilling outside, using a microwave, or preparing no-cook meals.

Wash Clothes at Night
Running your washing machine and dryer during the night can prevent them from heating your home during the hottest part of the day.

Unplug Electronics
Electronics generate heat even when they're not in use. Unplugging devices when they're not needed can help keep your home cooler.

Hydration
Keep Hydrated
Add some excitement to your hydration by infusing water with fruits and herbs. It makes regular water more appealing and encourages more frequent drinking.

Energy-efficient Lighting
Switch to LED Bulbs
LED bulbs generate less heat than incandescent bulbs and are more energy-efficient, helping to keep your home cooler.

Take Advantage of Natural Light
Use natural light as much as possible to reduce the need for artificial lighting, which generates heat.

Creating a Cool Bedroom Oasis
Invest in Breathable Bedding
Using lightweight, breathable bedding materials like cotton can help regulate your body temperature at night.

Keep Your Bedroom Dark
Keeping your bedroom dark during the day can prevent it from heating up. Use blackout curtains or shades to block out sunlight.

Conclusion
Staying cool during the summer doesn't have to be an unending taks. By using these tips, you can create a comfortable, energy-efficient home that's ready to beat the heat. Remember, it's not just about surviving the summer; it's about enjoying it.

​For personalized advice and more expert tips, feel free to reach out to our team. We’re here to help you make the most of your home, regardless of the season.

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Hi, I'm Derek Cole

GM, Simmons One Hour Heating and Air

With a career spanning over two decades in the HVAC industry, Derek Cole has climbed his way to becoming General Manager of Simmons One Hour. His impressive journey was recognized by News magazine who awarded him Top 40 under 40 honors, as well as Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Player Spotlight feature. Notable networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC have also featured him discussing home comfort tips on their programs while publications like Huffington Post and Bloomberg Business highlight his success story with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® .

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