Tips To Beat The Chicago Heat

Date : August 26, 2010

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Chicago can get pretty hot in the summer. Here are some tips of things to do around your Chicago home to temper the heat a bit.

  • Turn on the fans, circulating air can reduces the room temperature by a few degrees.
  • If you are using an air conditioner, place a fan in front of it for better distribution of cool air.
  • White window treatments prevent can block heat and make sure you close west and south facing windows to keep the sun out.
  • Use ultraviolet blocking films and awnings on south-facing windows to cut down heat exposure.
  • Change your landscaping by adding shade trees or vines.
  • Use florescent bulbs in light fixtures – they emit less heat!
  • Replace and repair any caulking or weather-stripping.
  • Make sure you fireplace flue is closed.
  • Upgrade your air conditioning unit to maximize efficiency.
  • Choose light colors in paint, concrete, and roof material to reflect as much light (and heat) as possible.
  • Use recipes that can be prepared in the microwave, rather than the oven.
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use, as they may generate a small amount of warmth.

Hopefully incorporating some of these tips will help you to stay cool, despite the blazing heat of summer in your Chicago home.

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