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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

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Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and college students are making summer vacation plans. As awesome as summer is, higher temperatures mean more stress on your air conditioning system. If you don’t already have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to get one! Trust me, you don’t want to spend another hot, humid summer with your windows open as you pray for a cool breeze.

Unfortunately, using a cooling system in your home causes a spike in your electricity bill. By following these five tips, you’ll be able to easily avoid higher utility bills without sacrificing the cool air that keeps your home feeling like home!

1) Install Solar Panels
The power company holds you hostage with regular rate increases and brown-outs designed to balance electrical load throughout the city. Fight back by installing a solar power cell on your roof; capturing the sun’s rays and transforming them into a cost-effective home energy source!

2) Update Your Air Conditioning System
Take a look at all of the summer specials available at online retailers like National Air Warehouse! Installing a modern, energy efficient system is cheaper than you think; and with both high-quality systems and professional installers available in one place, it’s never been easier to browse, click on and install the perfect air conditioning system for your home.

3) Plant Shrubs and Trees Outside Windows
The sun beats down on your home for 13 hours a day. Your windows and other poorly insulated areas of your home allow the sun to heat up the air in your home. By strategically planting trees and other shade-providing shrubs around the outside of your home, you’ll be able to minimize your ongoing home cooling costs while improving your homes privacy! Can you say “win, win”?

4) Insulation is Your Friend
We mentioned insulation in point 3, but it’s worth a call-out of its own. Properly insulating your attic isn’t just important for heating your home during the winter. Poor insulation allows more heat in, and expensive, cooled air out. Stop trying to combat global warming with your air conditioner! Hog all that wonderful cold air for yourself and enjoy lower energy bills at your home as a result.

5) Install a Smart Thermostat
Installing a Smart Thermostat is an intelligent, cool move (pun intended) for any household looking to cut their cooling costs. Smart Thermostats have programmable schedules that can turn off your cooling system while you’re away at work, or any other regularly scheduled activity. If you have pets, you can set it to a slightly higher temperature while you’re home. Remember, ever degree on a thermostat costs money at the end of the month, so adjusting your temperature throughout the day based on the needs of the household is a smart move; something that does this for you is just awesome!

 5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

Install solar panels to offset the electrical demands of your home during summer, plant some trees in strategic locations to minimize direct sunlight hitting your home and consider investing in some cooling system upgrades. Following these tips, you’ll have ice cold air in the summer and a lot more green in your pocket!

 5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer
General Contributor
Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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