As spring gets warmer and warmer, and summer nears, it’s time to consider how to keep your home cool during the hot days. If you have a green home in Bend, Oregon, it can be a struggle to keep your home cool throughout the day, while still keeping your energy use low, and keeping costs down. Even though we have the saving grace of cool desert nights, it can still be a challenge. Here are some tips and tricks for not sweating the small stuff this spring and summer.
A great way to keep heat out during the day is to use window coverings. Drapes and blinds are a zero-energy way to keep light and heat out of your home during the hot mid-afternoon hours. Blinds or drapes have the downside of not letting any light in, and blocking any beautiful views you may have.
Something new to consider may be window tints. Tinting your windows is a great way to reduce sunlight, and reduce your high-energy bills, all while keeping your house cool.
While fans do use energy to cool your home, they can be much more cost effective than using an air conditioner. During heat waves or fire season, using a ventilation system or air conditioning system can be unavoidable. For regular warm days, a well-placed fan will go a long way in helping to move some air around and cool you off.
While it may never have crossed your mind to look outside of your homes’ four walls for cooling help, your yard can be of use. If you have large trees in your yard, that offer quite a bit of shade, that is already helping your home to stay cooler. Homes that lack vegetation, tend to roast during heat spells and hot summer days. Investing in some trees for your yard and home is never a bad idea. Do your research on appropriate species for your area, and find something that will be safe for your property, but also that will offer a decent amount of shade. Consider where your home gets the most sun exposure, and plant strategically.
There are lots of things you can do to keep your home cool during our warm summer months. Some of them are easy fixes, and some require more planning. Air conditioning is always useful to have, but can be expensive to run every day, so try to save it for when it’s most needed. Use shade to your advantage, with blinds or shade from trees, to keep your home cool as it warms up. Now, bring on summer!