Buffalo is not known for its sweltering summers. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get uncomfortably hot in your home. This is especially the case if, like many older homes in the Buffalo area, you don’t have air conditioning. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can keep the temperatures down even without an AC unit. Here’s how:
Seal gaps or replace doors and windows
Older doors and windows have gaps around their edges. These are prime places for cool air to escape from your home and warm air to creep in. By sealing up these gaps, you can prevent this form of heat transfer from happening in the first place. Other times, however, you may have to replace your doors and windows entirely to see better results. Newer Energy Star windows and doors are manufactured specifically to combat heat transfer and energy loss, making them more effective in the long run.
Keep the furnace fan on
In the winter, your furnace uses a fan to blow hot air through your home. This can be used to your advantage in the summer. Most thermostats allow you to manually turn on this fan without turning on the rest of the heat. In the summer, use your furnace fan to distribute the cooler air from the basement up to the higher levels.
Make small changes for a big difference
Sometimes, a few small changes can make a world of difference. For instance, energy-saving lightbulbs produce less heat than incandescents. Switching these out can help lower the amount of heat coming into your home. Additionally, you can open your windows at night to let the cool air in, then close them and close the blinds to keep that cool air in during the day. Another small change is simply switching your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. This pushes air straight down for a better cooling effect.
Consider the exterior
When trying to cool our home, we often only think about what’s happening on the inside. But your home’s exterior is also worth considering. Strategically placed trees and shrubs can help shade your home and keep temperatures low. Additionally, lighter exterior paint colors can help reflect light and heat away from your home. Finally, repairing or even replacing your roof with heat-protected shingles can help keep the heat away.
At Ivy Lea Construction, we can help keep your home cool and comfortable this summer. Contact us today to learn more about our various home improvement services.