Eco-Efficient ways to cool your home

Eco-Efficient ways to cool your home

If you live without an AC, you’ll know how important it is to do whatever you can to keep your home as cool as possible during the summer. Even if you don’t have an AC to keep you cool, there are several things you can do as a homeowner to keep your home feeling fresh and cool on the hottest of days. Follow these tips for eco-efficient ways to cool your home:

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Tip # 1: Close the Curtains or Blinds

Everyone loves a bright, sunny room. But in the summer, as the sun bears down on our windows, it creates a greenhouse effect in our homes, creating extra heat that is really difficult to get rid of. By closing your blinds, you are keeping your home cooler by removing the heat from the sun. The Department of Energy estimates that about 45 percent heat gain is removed by closing your blinds.

That number would be higher if it weren’t for the little slats in the blinds that expose sunlight. For full coverage, use blinds and curtains, which have an estimated heat reduction of about 65 percent. When choosing blinds and curtains to put up in your home, we recommend a lighter fabric or color. Light colors are better at reflecting heat while dark colors absorb it.

Tip # 2: Keep the Door Shut

One of the biggest reasons your home gets hot in the summer is from constantly opening and closing the door. When you want to conserve cool air in your home, be strategic about opening and closing the door. Combine trips and let your kids know they have to be careful about opening and closing the door unless it’s completely necessary.

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Tip # 3: Open Your Windows for a Night Breeze

When the sun sets, the temperature drops. This is the perfect time to open your windows and blow all the humidity out of your home. Creating a cross breeze in your house will cool you down at night and prepare your home for the next day’s conservation efforts.

If you open your windows at night, make sure you wake up early the next day to close the windows and draw the curtains and blinds to get the most cooling power throughout the day.

For more information on eco-efficient cooling options or the installation and replacement of AC systems, call 623-499-9794 and speak with the experts at Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ today.


Family Fun Month

Family Fun Month

The warm, lazy days of summer offer many opportunities to enjoy time with the family. You don’t have to escape on a long, exotic vacation to have memorable times, enjoy the outdoors, have new experiences and have family fun.

You can plan a variety of activities that provide fun, chances to learn new things and a relaxing change from your routine. Take one month out of summer before September arrives to explore the entertainments that are available in your area.

Schedule Your Activities For the Summer Months

Don’t leave your summer plans to languish in confusion from a “what shall we do today?”. Do some research of attractions and activities that are available in your area.

Create a month-long calendar of scheduled events. Scheduling events will limit inter-family arguing and provide information to everyone about what to expect. Here are some activities that most families enjoy:

· Day at the Beach

· Hiking in a nearby state park

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· Water park day

· Zoo day

· Bicycle riding

· Local festival

· Outdoor sports at the park

· Aquarium visit

· Historical sites and monuments

Make A Fun Month Calendar

Sit down with the family and create a summer fun calendar that schedules exciting events for each day of the week. In this way, you can ensure that each member of the family has a voice in choosing a favorite activity, and no one is left out of the process.

picnicDon’t forget to plan rest periods in-between home events so you can cool off and relax before the next stop. Make sure your air-conditioner is inspected and repaired to avoid inconvenient breakdowns during hot weather.

Organize Your Activities

Make a list of items you will need for the daily activity. You may want to plan a picnic lunch for a day at the beach or outdoor games. If you need specialized equipment, make sure you have it on hand in preparation for the activity.

Check your wardrobe for appropriate swimsuits, hiking shoes, hats, sunglasses, coolers for drinks and other necessary items. And don’t forget the sunscreen for family fun.

Make sure your home is fresh and comfortable to come back to, with a thorough HVAC inspection and cleaning to ensure your family is comfortable with their summer fun. Call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ at 623-499-9794.