Andrew Michler

6 Smart and Sustainable Ways to Escape the Summer Heat at Home

by , 07/16/13

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5. BUTTON UP THE HOUSE

If you’re ready to pull up your sleeves, then consider adding insulation to your house and sealing the air leaks. Only after you’ve button up the home does it make sense to look at replacing windows – a task that can be complicated and expensive. Attic fans and radiant barriers are popular, but not proven to be very effective.

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6. TUNE-UP THAT AC

If you need to run the AC you can have the unit serviced by a professional to make sure it is operating in tip-top shape. Many utility companies happily offer discounts on air conditioning and heat pump tune-ups. Leaky duct work can also eat into the efficiency, so sealing ducts could make a big difference.

If you’re on the market for a new AC, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) number and make sure the installer does not oversize it. Too often the ‘bigger is better’ approach leads to poorly running equipment that does not remove humidity very well.

We’d also like to know your favorite ways to effectively beat the heat so share your ideas in the comments below!

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  1. Geranium June 22, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Keep sun off south/west facing patios and walls by installing a shade sail or growing a vine over a pergola. This prevents the heat building up in hard landscaping and walls, which keep the house warm into the night, and also heats the air that comes into the hosue at night when you open the windows. Grow plants like vines to shade your windows, add conservatory blinds inside your windows. Choose windows that open on the side. If they only tilt, then all you get is hot air rising up from the patio.

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