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Tips on keeping house cool

My Tips for San Diego:

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1. Shade the concrete slab in your backyard or front porch.   Your concrete slab is like a pizza stone, it captures and holds heat right against your home.  If you can’t afford a permanent structure you can use pop-up canopies or sun sail awnings or even an inexpensive tarp tied to posts.   We like the temp solution because in the winter we welcome the heat collection.

2. If you have a attached garage or built-in garage;  The garage can become like an oven holding heat and radiating to inner rooms.  Open the side door (if you have one) and raise the garage door a few inches.  Get air circulating. If you do not have a side door still raise the garage door a couple of inches and run a fan.  If worried about security only do when you are at home.

3.  Consider replacing or adding to your attic insulation.

Here’s a refresher on how to keep cool, keep the power on for everyone and keep that electric bill low. from:  https://www.unionleader.com/news/homes/here-s-how-to-save-money-while-keeping-your-cool/article_32e05ab3-7af0-53ab-94fd-4f1475d27166.html

Turn off what you can. “While keeping comfortable and running your AC,” Horowitz says, “be extra careful to turn off things you aren’t using and to delay washing your clothes or running your dishwasher till right before you go to bed, when there is less electricity demand on the system.”

Seal the leaks. Remember how you work to make sure drafts don’t get through windows and doors in the winter? Those same cracks can allow cool air to escape if you are using an air conditioner.

Installing weather stripping around windows and doors is a year-round fix, but it can’t hurt to break out the same draft catchers you use at the bottom of your door or on a drafty windowsill in winter.

Use the ceiling fan. If you’ve got one, set it to run counterclockwise so that it stirs the air and pushes cold air back down to you. Moving air around with any kind of fan really does work. The wind chill created actually increases the rate at which heat is displaced from your body.

Be smart about the thermostat. The NRDC recommends a programmable thermostat, so that you can easily set central air conditioning higher when you’re not home, but have it work to lower the temperature before you get back. “It’s OK to crank up the air conditioning when you are home, but when you aren’t going to be there, select a set point around 78 degrees,” Horowitz says.

 

Window-unit air conditioners should be turned off when you’re not at home, with one exception: Make sure your pets can stay cool. Horowitz suggests leaving one window unit on so that pets don’t overheat. “This is particularly important if you live on the top floor of a building, as top floors can get particularly hot during the day” he says. “When you get home turn (the room air conditioners) on, close the doors and your room should cool off pretty quickly.

Keep the sun out. Heat gain from sunshine pouring through your windows can have a huge impact on indoor temperatures. “You want to pull the blinds down and close curtains during hot summer days when the sun is out to minimize the heat entering your house through the windows,” Horowitz says. “Later in the day and early mornings, you can keep them open and enjoy the light and view.”

 

Check the details. “Another no-brainer is to check and replace, as needed, the filter on your AC,” Horowitz says. “That way, you aren’t making your equipment work harder than it needs to and you will also have a lower energy bill.”

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3 energy savings ways to keep your house cooler this summer

A portable air conditioner or window unit can keep your place nice and chill even during the hottest summer months. But if you’re looking for a way to stay cool without blowing up your energy bills, consider these ways to air out your home without cranking the A/C.

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Best for: A single floor

If there’s a breeze, open a window on the side of the house receiving the breeze, and another on the opposite side. Using a smaller opening on the breeze (intake) side and a larger opening on the exhaust side will increase the airspeed through the house. Strategically open and close doors to force air through the rooms you want to cool. If there isn’t a breeze, you can use fans to create one. The intake window should be on the home’s coolest external wall; put a fan in the window facing into the room to suck in cool air. A fan facing out an open window on another external wall exhausts warm air.

read more at: https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/a21272176/energy-saving-house-cool/

Tips to keep your house cool the natural way

1. Create shade
Keep the heat at bay by creating shading around the house, especially around west- and north-facing windows. Removable shades, such as the one pictured, mean that for those in temperate climates, you have the flexibility to remove the shade in winter.

Or, for the same purpose – sun in winter, block-out in summer – plant deciduous vines on pergolas and create cool zones around the house. This will reduce the heat inside the home on hot summer days, but when the leaves drop in winter, light and warmth will be allowed inside.

2. Improve your eaves
Ensure your eaves are the right size and angled to keep the high summer sun at bay and allow winter sun through.

3. Let it in/shut it out
Learn to control temperatures by simply knowing when to open up your house for maximum air flow. On hot summer days, get into the habit of shutting up during the day – all doors, blinds, curtains – and then opening everything up in the evening to vent the house with evening breezes.

read more at: https://www.domain.com.au/living/how-to-keep-your-house-cool-the-natural-way/?benref=smh