General Knowledge

How to protect your house from Extreme Heat

Jul 19, 2019
During the stifling summer heat, your home should be your oasis. Your place of cool relief. But during the worst heat waves, the weather can get in the way of your well-being.


When you live in a dry heat area, your body sweats, your sweat evaporates, and you cool off - just as nature intended. If you live in a wet area (which I do), you sweat and it does not evaporate. Instead, your clothes get drenched and you feel hot, wet, sticky and miserable.

Pull out the plug:

Everything you plug into a socket generates heat. Disconnect all unnecessary equipment or electronic devices from the power supply when not in use. Even the small red glowing lights that you are staring at in the middle of the night, indicating that the item is off, consume energy and generate heat. Turning off something is not enough.

Use natural light and highly efficient lighting:

Use daylight or use energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs in high-efficiency areas. A conventional 100 watt light bulb can increase the heat in a small room by 11 degrees per hour also, consider using lighter colors and surface colors in your home. Bright colors reflect more light and reduce the need for additional work lighting (reducing heat generation).

Do not cook or cook outside:

During the summer months, try to plan meals in advance so that you do not have to use the oven during the day. Either cook on the grill, in the microwave or in a pot. If you need to use the oven, try cooking your meal before noon or after the heat of the day. I would suggest around 4 pm.

Close your blinds from late morning until early evening:

“Let the Sun Shine In” is a cute song for children, but not helpful for keeping your home cool. Close your blinds from late morning until early evening. This simple act can keep a room 10-15 degrees cooler.

Consider a multi-level air conditioner:

Another highly effective instrument for combating the wilting summer heat is the installation of a multi-stage air conditioning system. Since they can adjust their cooling capacity as needed, multi-stage air conditioning systems can often run slower, which means you use less energy to achieve the same level of comfort.

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