August has cranked up the temps in NW Arkansas, with many of us currently experiencing dangerous heat index levels. To help keep you cool, and your cooling costs low, we’ve put together our top “5 Tips to Beat the Heat” in your home!
Five Tips Every Homeowner Needs To Beat The Heat This August!
Summer in the south can be a little difficult to get through if you don’t have a few extra tips for helping to keeping your home cool. And true to form, this August has not disappointed.
As a homeowner, keeping the temperatures cool in your home is important for your health, as well as your bank account! We’ve found 5 easy tips that will keep you, your family, and your home cool and comfortable through these hot August days!
#1. Check your windows!
Keep your curtains closed, and your blinds are turned the correct way, especially during the hottest part of the day. Your blinds slats tilted up with the rounded side facing out. This moves the heat up, and helps keeps your home cooler. This tip will help keep your AC running efficiently, and saves on the energy bill, too!
#2. Adjust Your Ceiling Fans Rotation
Change your ceiling fan rotation to counterclockwise, and adjust the fan speed to high! The counterclockwise rotation will push cool air down to the floors, and since cool air evaporates perspiration, it creates a wind chill effect for your own comfort, without affecting the rooms temperature. Science is cool, and if you do this to your fans, you should be too!
#3. Keep Interior Doors Open
Closing the interior doors in your home can increase your air conditioner’s energy consumption! It will increase the pressure in the room, which will force conditioned air out of any small cracks or openings around the room’s windows, walls, ceiling, and floor. It is better to leave the doors open for the best circulation and to save on energy costs!
#4. Turn On Your Exhaust Fans
Exhaust fans are great to use while cooking or showering, as they pull the heat and humidity into the vent and help protect your home from humidity damage. This August, whether you’re cooking, showering, or resting, use your exhaust fans to keep yourself and your home cooler. Use them to draw heat from the surrounding area, as they were intended!
#5. Use Large Appliances Sparingly
Large appliances require a lot of energy, and produce a lot of extra heat. Try using them during the cooler times of the day, if possible.
Luckily summer time means less or lighter clothing, so typically laundry isn’t piling up as fast, and it isn’t as daunting to save that load of laundry for later in the evening. Another great tip is to use paper plates! This helps to save on dishwasher usage, and they’re super convenient for outside eating, which perfect when if you using your outside grill!
There they are! Homes By Roth’s 5 Tips to “Beat the Heat” in your home! We hope you enjoyed them, and that they’ve helped keep you, your family, and your home the much needed cool down.