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While it seems counterintuitive to keep your curtains shut on a bright sunny day, it can help cut down on solar heat gain in the house. You could take this a step further by adding window treatments and blackout curtains specifically designed to stop the heat, but even most regular curtains and blinds can prevent some heat from getting in.
If you find you’ve got a lot of heat inside the house, once the temperature outside begins to dip in the evening, open your windows to start flushing out the heated, interior air, replacing it with cooler evening air. Then, in the morning, shut all the windows and blinds, and keep that hot daytime heat out. Essentially, when your home reaches the point where it’s cooler outdoors than in, throw the windows open to manually bring in some fresh, cooler air.
Clean and check your ceiling fans
How often do you give your ceiling fans a good clean and polish? Probably not often, but a clean fan is an efficient fan.
First wipe it down and clean off any dust. Dust can interfere with the motor on the fan, and cause it to spin more slowly. Give your fan a polish using a furniture or metal polish (depending on the blade material). This can help reduce drag on the blades. This will let it move air more efficiently.
Does your fan wobble a little bit? Tighten those loose screws up so the fan doesn’t have to work as hard to keep things cool.
For the summertime, ensure the fan is set to spin counterclockwise to push air down so you can get that nice cooling effect. The effect only has a benefit if you’re in the room to feel it — so remember to switch it off when you leave the room.