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Keeping Your Home Comfortable in the Summer

Keeping Your Home Comfortable in the Summer By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Depending on where you live, the long summer days can be extremely hot and uncomfortable. It is very important that you do everything possible to ensure that your home is cool and your family is comfortable.

Helping out Your Air Conditioner System

There are many things you can do to help out your air conditioner system. One of the most important tasks is having your air conditioner system serviced every year at the beginning of spring. This will help ensure that your system will work properly throughout the warm months and check all maintenance aspects of your air conditioner system. You'll also need to clean or replace the air conditioner filters once a month or as needed throughout the year. Other tasks include sealing holes around plumbing and heating pipes and having any leaky ducts sealed and insulated so that the airflow of your air conditioner system is efficient.

In addition to maintaining your air conditioner system, there are also many things you can do around the house that will help keep your home cool. Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which will help regulate the temperature of your home while you are away, and installing drapes, shades, or blinds. If you keep windows and coverings closed during the day, you'll reduce the heat of the sun from warming up your home. Another thing that you can do to help keep your home cool is to install ceiling fans. This can also help your heating system be more efficient in the winter.

You can even do some things to the outside of your home to help keep the inside cool and comfortable. You can prune back all of your shrubs, as well as remove grass and leaves that could block the airflow to your air conditioner system. In addition, planting trees will help shade your home naturally, which will keep it much cooler so that your air conditioner system does not have to do all of the work.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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