Residential Cooling – Tips & Tricks

We don’t get it all year-long but here in Washington when the sun makes and appearance – our homes feel the heat.

Higher temperatures in the home can make it difficult to sleep, uncomfortable and can be dangerous to pets and those at home throughout the day.

Many of us can’t even stand to cook in the home when the temperatures are soaring.

With your comfort in mind – we’ve put together a list of common tips & tricks homeowners can do to minimize the impact of the sun’s heat on the home.  Please note: these are not ranked in any way and always err on the side of safety and caution – use a professional whenever needed or possible.

  • Air Conditioning – easily the biggest tool in cooling your home.  Can also be the most expensive to buy and operate.
  • Roof Vents / Ridge Vent – Greatly reduces the amount of heat accumulating in the attic space.
  • House Paint – Your choice of paint may impact the heat being absorbed by your home.  Light colors reflect.
  • Landscaping – Trees and shrubs can block the sun from impacting home.
  • Heat Pump – Can be less expensive than air conditioning and also help heat your home in the winter.
  • Ceiling Fans – Can be used both in the hot and cold season by selection the direction of the fan.
  • Limit Incandescent Lights – Roughly 90% of the energy that powers one becomes heat.
  • Limit cooking – BBQ outdoors if possible.
  • Air Dry Dishes – Dishwashers do produce heat.
  • Insulation – Attic insulation can reduce the heat radiating into your home.
  • Blinds, Drapes and Curtains – The lighter the color and tight to the wall the better they will reflect and reduce heat.
  • Thermal Exhaust – when the inside is higher than the outside temperature, open the lowest windows where there’s shade or a breeze and open the upstairs windows on the opposite side.
  • Whole House Fan – A large fan placed in your ceiling (much like a bathroom exhaust)  that pulls out the warm air up and out of your home while open windows allow the fan to pull in cooler air from the outside.
  • Tint the windows to block out the Sun’s heat and harmful UV rays.  Solar control window tint doesn’t mean your window have to be dark to be effective.  Professional installed tint can appear as if nothing is on the window, increase the value of your home to future home buyers, and most importantly target some of that heat that’s entering your home.

Dealer Xpress Window Tinting can provide a free, no obligation, estimate.  Please call us at 253-288-1195 for any questions you may have.

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