Summer Time Joy: 5 Tips for Keeping the Cold in and the Heat Out

Summer Time Joy: 5 Tips for Keeping the Cold in and the Heat Out
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    Is your home prone to over heating during the summer?

    Does it feel cooler outside than it does inside your home during the summer.

    This is always a bad sign.

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The following 5 tips will ensure you to have a cool and fun filled summer:

New Windows Make a Difference

First, take the time to check your windows, especially if your home has older windows. Hot air might be getting into your home through cracks or gaps around the windows. To see if this is the case, use your hand to feel for cold air leaks around the outside windows of your home. You can by new, replacement windows that will stop this from happening. If you buy energy efficient windows, you will hold down the cost of your cooling bills. If you can’t afford new windows right now, you can at least try to fill the gaps to stop the hot air from entering the house.

Solar and Sun Deflective Screens

A possible investment that will not only keep you cool but will save you in electric bills is solar window screens. These screens absorb the heat from the sun instead of letting it into the home and it also reflects the glare from entering into your home as well. Another option is black out blinds or tinted screens that can actually keep the sun out up to 90 %. This will be your biggest aid during summer time. It will never affect your ability to see out the window, but it will disallow the sun and its heat from entering your home.

Check Your Doors, Too

Just as your windows might be letting in hot air check your doors for the same problem. Cold air can seep out through gaps around any exterior door. This includes any sliding glass doors or French doors you may have in your home. Don’t forget about your garage door as well. You may need to buy new exterior doors or fill the gaps around them. If you have interior doors between your finished and unfinished space, cold air could be leaving from there as well which will increase the overall heat of the home. You could try adding a spacer or stopper underneath the interior door to keep the cold air in the home.

Add Insulation

If your home’s doors and windows are not the problem, check the insulation in your home. Just as proper insulation is necessary for winter, it can be a crucial factor for staying cool during the summer months. You will need to check the insulation in the house’s exterior walls as well as the insulation in the attic and basement. If your home is poorly insulated, adding new insulation can make a world of difference in the temperature in your home. While you will have to open the walls to get the new insulation installed, the results will be worth the effort.

Changing Interior Flooring

It is no secret that having carpet throughout the entire house will add to the heat of the home. By installing tile floors into a portion of the home you are ensuring that the temperature of the room will stay remotely cooler no matter the external temperature. If you are worried about what to do when winter comes around, it can be solved by a nice rug. This way it is an easy transition to the summer months.

Author Bio: Erika Remmington is a recent UC Berkeley Graduate and free-lance writer. Information credit received from  CampbellCare Plumbing, Heating, and Air.

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