While some may envy those with homes that are “too warm” in the summer, the reality is that it can be just as unpleasant to live in heat as it is to live in a cold house in the winter.
How can you keep your home cool this summer? If only it were as simple as opening the windows. Unfortunately, if you have an HVAC system installed, opening the windows while it’s on is counterproductive.
Increase Your Home’s Air Flow
The good news, however, is that there are a few simple, low-cost tweaks you can make to your home to help increase the air flow and regulate the living temperature.
- Firstly, get back to the basics. Make sure you don’t have any furniture or drapes blocking your air vents. As you’d guess, cold air needs to be able to get out of the vents and into a room to work. If you’re unable to move the furniture, consider closing the vents to avoid wasting the cold air.
- Next, keep your blinds, curtains, windows, and doors closed. While this may seem counter-intuitive in terms of encouraging air flow throughout the house, blocking out the sun during those long daylight hours makes a huge difference. Look forward to the evening when you can throw open the windows, freshen up the house and let the cool air flow inside.
- Another simple way to reduce heat and humidity levels in your home is to refrain from using household appliances during the day. Your dishwasher and clothes washer increase humidity in your home and your gas range generates quite a bit of heat. Try cooking outside on the BBQ on those mellow summer evenings.
Investing In Some Home Upgrades
If you’re willing to invest a bit more cash in home alterations, the following tips are some great ways to cool your house in the summer permanently.
- Replace your old windows. One of the best home improvement projects you can do to beat the Florida summer heat is replacing old windows. A lot of your house’s heat gain can be attributed to the quality/type of windows you have.
- Install ceiling fans. Simple, mechanical and unlikely to break, ceiling fans help keep a constant air flow throughout your house. Hint: Place a bowl of ice in the path of your fan to generate a mini arctic breeze. Honestly, it works!
- Install a whole house attic fan. These are known to reduce the attic temperature by up to 50 degrees, resulting in an icy ten-degree drop in temperature throughout the rest of the home.
- Change the color of your roof. Thermodynamics suggests that darker colors absorb more heat. If you replace a roof with a lighter color, it will absorb less heat. Our roofers can help guide you through the entire process of choosing a new roof.
- Have your roof insulated, especially if you have bedrooms under the eaves
- Make sure you have properly insulated walls that protect you against the heat
- Have a cold air return installed in your basement to make use of all that nice chilly air down there.
There you have it; just a few simple yet useful tips and tricks to transform your house from a stuffy sweat box to a balmy summer oasis. If you’d like to learn more ways to make permanent changes to your home to help regulate its temperature and increase energy efficiency, give us a call at Elite Remodeling Services (904) 657-8383. We look forward to answering your questions!