Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer: Evening is Key Time!

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): The temperature inside your home on a typical summer day doesn’t follow the outside trend, but there are a few tricks to keep you cool during this critical period.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill set out to conduct an experiment on indoor temperature trends and identify the best cooling methods for unairconditioned homes:

THE BOTTOM LINE WITH TEMPERATURE TRENDS: On a sunny day, the outdoor temperature is hottest between 3:30-5:30 p.m. while your unairconditioned home gets warmest between 9:30-11:30 p.m.

KEEPING COOL (MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAY): The best way to keep your home cool during the day is to close blinds and curtains during the day. At night, have window fans going. There is a caveat though. For one-level homes, have the window units blow air OUT of the home on one side of the home while on the other side, have air blow INTO the room and keep all doors inside the home fully open. This will create a cooling draft in the evening through the overnight through the entire home.

KEEPING COOL (LEAST COST EFFECTIVE WAY): The least effective ways to add concrete and drywall to insulation that will trap the heat up by the roof and keep it from spreading into your house. This will cost a lot more money than it’s worth in our region because our heat is not usually sustainable. It also requires a ton of labor to perform this operation.

 

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