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Practical Tips for Beating the Heat

1/3/2012 3:36:00 PM

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Practical Tips for Beating the Heat
This summer sure has been a hot one! Even here in Wisconsin, where our summers are usually pretty comfortable, temperatures have flirted with the 100° mark and the heat index has soared to 115° in some places. So how can you keep your cool until the cooler autumn air arrives? Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat (and cut your energy bills at the same time).

• Clean your air conditioner’s filter. It will run better and keep you cooler.
• Turn on your air conditioner early in the day, before the heat and humidity have a chance to build. It won’t have to work as hard to cool you down, and will get you cooler faster.
• Turn off lights in rooms you aren’t in; they give off heat. So do computers and TVs.
• Avoid heating up your kitchen. Use the microwave or grill instead of the stove or oven. Better yet, how about a picnic or take-out?
• Use a battery-operated misting fan. They are available in a wide variety of styles and prices.

The age of your windows can make a difference, too.

How old are your windows? You’d be surprised at how much window technology has advanced in the past 10 to 15 years. For instance, Weather Shield energy-efficient replacement windows are made with Zo-e-shield glass, which blocks the sun’s heat without blocking the light. So you can enjoy the best of both worlds: bright, sunny rooms that are also cooler and more comfortable. They may also provide you with certain tax credits if purchased and installed before December 31, 2011.
How have you been beating the heat this summer? Share your “hot” story here!
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