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How To Be Smart About Staying Cool This Summer

All too often, homeowners waste energy and money by running their air conditioning night and day for the entirety of summer. The heat and humidity can be difficult to deal with, but there are a number of sensible ways that you can stay cool for the season.

 

Get Better Insulation

Your home’s indoor temperature will be ruined by muggy hot air if there are air leaks coming through your old windows and doors. To keep all of that humidity and heat outside, upgrade your windows and entrance doors with high-quality replacements. You can stop by our Ottawa showroom to browse the selection of windows and doors Golden Windows has available in-person if you would rather not look through the online gallery pictures. We also have showrooms in London and Kitchener for those who do not live in the Ottawa area.  

In order to have perfect insulation, all of your windows and doors should be expertly installed — we offer installation services so that your replacements can be properly sealed, leaving absolutely no leaks or gaps for air to escape through. The Window Wise Certified Installation Team is made up of seasoned professionals that have years of experience conducting window and door installations. Hiring an amateur to do the installation or trying it on your own is a very risky decision that could undermine the energy-efficient features of your replacements, which is why it’s best to let the specialists handle this important step. 

 

Be Smart About Your Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is the easiest way for your home to feel cool and comfortable, even when the sun is blazing and the humidity is unbearable outside. Sadly, you might have a problem with running the unit all day long because it can make your hydro bills skyrocket. If you want to spend less on your home’s electricity this summer, run your air conditioner at times that will cost you less money — put your unit on the mildest setting between the busy hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and on the coldest setting between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Another way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to conduct some seasonal maintenance on your air conditioning unit, by replacing the filter and cleaning dust out of all the vents and registers. If you feel like the unit is substandard even after your efforts, you may want to invest in a replacement before the season ends.

 

Use Cheap Alternatives When You Can

Running your air conditioning during one of Ontario’s record-breaking heat waves is a good decision for your health and comfort, but it’s not necessary when the temperatures are mild and the humidity is low. You should turn to your air conditioning when the weather is intolerable and stick to energy-saving alternatives for the rest of the season. The minute that the sun goes down, open all of your windows to let the fresh air in and then close them before the sun comes up in the morning — this is called night flushing and it is a passive cooling technique used to ventilate buildings. Awning, casement and double-hung windows are ideal designs for increasing air flow, so they will come in handy when you plan on night flushing.

Upgrading your insulation with high-quality windows and doors is a long-term solution that you will appreciate every season of the year. Being smarter about air conditioning-use and using windows to your advantage are two convenient habits that will limit energy waste and keep money in your wallet. Following all three of these suggestions will make sure you feel great in your own home, even when the sun is blazing behind your curtains. 

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