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



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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  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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