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8 Tips to Keep Your House Cool in the Summer

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Summer is one of the best times of the year! Warm temperatures create fun memories at the pool, the beach or in your backyard. Beat the heat in the comfort of your home by using these tips to keep your house cool during the warmer Louisiana months.

1. Check Your Windows for Cracks and Damages

Cracks and damage to your windows allow for unwanted heat to seep indoors. Older windows lack energy efficiency and allow heat-producing UV rays to enter your home. If your windows are cracked and need replacement, Window World of Baton Rouge’s energy-efficient windows are designed to keep your house cool in extreme heat.

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2. Run Your Ceiling Fans

Use ceiling fans during the hottest hours of the day, cooling your home with air flow without the expense of bumping down the thermostat. Fans use significantly less energy than AC units, saving you money on energy bills. There should be a switch above the blades to switch the direction of the fan. In the summer, run your fans counterclockwise to push cooler air downwards.

3. Upgrade Your House Siding

Old siding is not only an eyesore, it considerably reduces your home’s ability to stand up to extreme temperatures. New vinyl siding’s insulating effect keeps the heat out during those hot summer days. For even stronger performance, composite siding is the gold standard. At Window World of Baton Rouge, we offer a wide range of styles and colors to match any home and style.

4. Modernize Your Thermostat

A programmable thermostat keeps your home cool only when you need it, saving you on energy expenses. Your thermostat will likely have an eco setting, so when you’re away from home, it will automatically raise or lower the thermostat to avoid running the AC at full blast when nobody is there.

5. Plant Foliage Around Your Windows

Planting shade trees and bushes not only enhances your curb appeal, it also blocks heat from entering through the roof, windows and siding. While it may be a few seasons before you can reap the benefits, it will be worth the wait. The native Southern Magnolia and Live Oak provide excellent shade in the summer!

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6. Install an Awning

Awnings are a great alternative to trees if your yard doesn’t have ample room, or if you don’t want to wait for trees to grow. They fit directly above your windows to protect from direct sunlight, lowering the amount of heat absorbed by your house to keep your home cool and comfortable.

7. Close Your Blinds

Direct sunlight can turn any room into a sauna, especially if you have large picture windows in your living or dining area. To mitigate this effect, close your blinds during the hottest part of the day to keep out any extra heat. For easy use and maximum sun protection, install Roman shades or grommet curtains.

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8. Enhance Your Lighting

After you close your blinds, some rooms may appear too dark for your preference. Consider installing new LED light bulbs to brighten your space without raising your electricity bill. Traditional light bulbs give off 90% of their energy as heat, making LED lights a more summer-friendly option for your fixtures.

Keep Your Home Cool with Window World 

Want to get started on making your home cooler this summer? Beat the heat with new energy-efficient windows, doors and siding from Window World of Baton Rouge. Contact us today to request your free consultation.