How to Keep Your House Cool During a Heat Wave

Paddle ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans keep you cool, but be sure to turn them off when you're not in the room.

Keeping Cool Tip #6: Use Fans for Cooling

A paddle ceiling fan or portable fan uses much less energy than an air conditioner, but they’re only effective when you’re in the room to feel the cooling, so turn them off when you leave.

Run ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction (when looking up) when you’re in the room to help keep you cool through evaporation. This will allow you to set the thermostat on your air conditioner higher and save energy.

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  1. Having foil radiant barriers in the attic is very useful in reducing the trapped heat inside the walls of the home. This ensures that the temperatures remain down and home remains cooler, naturally. Low on electricity consumption also. High on savings too.

  2. Can you tell me more about using window film on dual pane windows? We are suffering a terrible drought and heat here in Forks, Washington. Because it is normally cool here, we don’t have air conditioning. Thank you!

  3. A lot of heat energy is delivered to your house in the form of rays from the sun. If you have blinds that will block the light from entering the house and reflecting a bunch of it back outside, less heat energy is dumped inside. And things stay cooler.

    Obviously the color of your blinds will also play a role, dark colored blinds will absorb a portion of the energy and act as radiators in your house. White blinds will reflect most of the energy back out again.

  4. Fans really help alot during the morning. We don’t turn the A/C on during the morning cuz it really works twice as hard to keep the house or room cool. Having fans and opening windows really help the circulation of air in the whole household.

  5. HOLA MR DANNY, WE BOUGHT A HOME LAST YEAR, AND HAVE BEING DOING REPAIRS, REMODELING ETC,ETC.

    I WANT TO ENHANCE OUR FRONT PORCH. WE HAVE PLASTIC SHUTTERS, THEY ARE FADED FROM THE SUN. MY ? IS CAN WE PAINT THEM OR NEED TO REPLACE THEM? WE ARE TRYING TO SPEND AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE, SO WE CAN DO MORE THINGS TO THE HOUSE.

    SECOND ? WE HAVE THE “FAMOUS” FRONT PILLARS ON THE FRONT PORCH. THEY ARE PEELING, WE WANT TO PAINT THEM SO EVERYTHING WILL LOOK NICE. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO START WORKING ON THEM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BY THE WAY I JUST LOVE YOUR SHOWS, THEY ARE VERY INSTRUCTIVE AND INTERESTING 🙂

  6. Hi Julie,

    All the ideas you’ve shared are very helpful to keep the house cool.

    I would like to add one more, we can use solar reflective paint additive for the same.

    Just add a solar reflective paint additive in to the paint and apply it on exterior walls to reflect the solar waves.

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