The summer sun seems to have arrived a little later this year than we’re used to in the Inland Northwest. Now that it’s here, you aren’t the only one breaking a sweat – your home is getting hot, too.
In the summer, the heat outside is always trying to enter your home. Keeping the heat out is the key to achieving energy-efficient comfort this season. Complete this quick and easy summer checklist to stay cool and save energy:
- Check insulation
When your attic and wall insulation levels are inadequate, your home is soaking up the sun’s heat and allowing it inside, even when you’re working hard to keep it cool. If you need to add insulation, remember to use our rebates to reduce your project costs. Depending on your home’s situation, adding insulation can be one of the most cost-effective options to help you save energy.
- Consider window coverings
When windows are not shaded by blinds or drapes, the sun’s rays will shine straight into your home. Block up to 65% of the rays with insulated drapes and blinds or with outdoor shades and awnings. If you have cracks or gaps around your frames, you’ll feel the heat even quicker, as it sneaks inside. Use removable rope caulk to seal cracks and gaps in windows that you may need to open later.
- Put cool nighttime air to work
Temperatures in our region drop in the late evening and overnight. When it’s cooler outside than it is inside and you’re not running your AC, open your windows to let warm muggy air out and fresh air in. Speed up the circulation by using box fans next to your open windows – some pointing outward to push hot air out (South and West-facing windows, if possible), and some pointing inward (North and East-facing windows, if possible) to pull fresh air in. If you have a central air system, you may also try using its fan option in the ‘on/manual’ mode to circulate air.
- Avoid major appliances
Clothes dryers, dishwashers, stove tops and ovens produce a lot of heat. When possible, avoid using them while the sun’s still out or before 7 pm, when temperatures typically start to drop. Instead, use the sun’s free heat to dry your clothes outside and use the barbecue or your microwave for cooking meals.
Keeping your home comfortable may be easier than you think. With the help of our rebates, you can reduce projects costs on new insulation or windows. You can stay cool and save.