Minimizing Indoor Heat during this Hot Seattle Summer

In the 2010 census, it was reported that only 13% of households residing in the Seattle metro area had central air conditioning. 2013 has proved to be one of most consistently hot summers in many, many years. Minimizing indoor heat can be challenging on these hot summer days, so here are some tips to keep your home cooler.

During the day, keep your windows and blinds closed tightly. If you’re home during the hottest part of the day, keeping a ceiling fan running counter clockwise or an oscillating fan nearby will help take the edge off. Set your water heater down to 120ºF, unplug appliances not in use, or plug them into power strips that can be turned off while you’re at work. Finally, change out incandescent lighting for cooler compact fluorescent bulbs. Energy Star rated bulbs can produce 75% less heat.  Even this little move can have a positive impact on both your interior temperature and your electric bill.

In the evenings, it can be a rude awakening to come home to a house that’s been baking all day. So this is the best time to open your windows wide, strategically arrange fans and let your house air out for a few hours before you close up for the night. Waiting until after 8:00 pm to run your major appliances like the dryer and dishwasher will help your home cool down after a scorcher. In the kitchen, prepare meals that are cooler like a fresh salad, cold soup or sandwich. If cooking is a must, use a microwave, toaster oven or grill to prepare your meals instead your oven. Then after dinner, hand washing your dishes and allowing them to air dry can have a huge impact. Happy summer Seattle!

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