May 20th, 2024

Energy Efficient Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Sunlight Coming Through Blinds

Optimize Natural Air Flow
Reducing your reliance on air conditioning is one of the most energy efficient ways to avoid the brutal heat on sunny days. Below are some viable solutions for maximizing existing airflow while maintaining a tranquil living environment:

  • Sealing and InsulatingCatching leaks can prevent cold from escaping and hot air from entering during summer. Inadequate closure is typically found around electrical outlets, windows, doors and fireplaces. First feel for drafts and where needed use caulk or weatherstripping to thoroughly seal any places that seep undesirable air flow.
  • Weather StrippingCreate a tight seal with felt, rubber or metal to prevent draftsand decrease energy consumption. Made for building components that slide, lift or swing, it could literally save up to an average of 10 percent on yearlong home power costs. This isn’t a one-size-fits all answer since your realized savings are dependent on size of gaps, climate and budget constraints.
  • Ventilation FlowUse ceiling fans and set them to rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down. For windows and doors, cross ventilation can be achieved by opening them on opposite sides of your home, while being considerate of outside temperature and humidity. Open windows at night when there is a better chance of receiving brisk air that can be circulated around your dwelling.

Block Direct Sunlight with Window Treatments
Especially important for south and west facing windows where the sun exposure is greatest, window treatments act as a deterrent for both harsh sunlight and hot temperatures. There are bountiful selections for shades that harness daylight while also keeping your home chill. Here are some easy-to-install ideas:

  • Window FilmThe simplest inexpensive choice against solar heat gain and UV rays is by utilizing window blocking film. It can be purchased at local hardware stores or online and provides interior ambience while filtering out the sun. Coverage contributes to privacy and come in numerous opacities that you can pick from to fit your personal taste.
  • Solar ShadesPlaced at the top of your windows, solar shades are typically composed of tightly woven cloth and can be coated with reflective material. They are available in an assortment of fabrics, including light filtering. Choose the right level of transparency to suit your circumstances and enjoy modern, uncomplicated privacy without those pesky hanging cords attached.
  • Blackout CurtainsAnother alternative to completely capturing sunlight and darkening a room, blackout curtains are made with opaque textile that tends to block out all ultraviolet (UV) rays. Temperature regulation can be achieved because of their heavier composition.

Use Strategic Landscape Designs for Cooling
Being able to enjoy your outdoor space during the summer means finding opportunities to keep cool. Shade will be your friend where AC isn’t available around the exterior of your home. Here are some ways to effectively stay cool by being resourceful.

  • Light Colored HardscapingStay mindful about picking out yard goods and colors can make a big difference in the overall comfort of a surrounding outdoor space. Picking light palettes will reflect heat away, while darker shades will absorb the heat.
  • Shading ElementsAdd design features such as pergolas, trees and bushes that provide reliable and consistent shade. Trees should be placed on either the south or west side of your home, as they provide a natural covering. Umbrellas and awnings are also a great flexible option to hide from the sun.
  • Water FeaturesFountains, waterfalls and ponds bring out a cooling element from evaporating water and will lower the heat in the surrounding air. Include a pool or incorporate sprinklers into your landscape for a fast refreshing reset when sunshine becomes too harsh.

Premier Outdoor Environments can help you beat the summer heat and offer services that will keep you comfortable all year long. Check out our Water Features and Wood Structures pages for some functional ideas to integrate into your landscape to keep you cool.