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Keep Your Southwest Washington Home Cool & Efficient This Summer

Steve Studley

We’re Your Real Estate Champions From luxury living to bare-bones practicality, we protect your long-term legacy and shore up your lifestyle...

We’re Your Real Estate Champions From luxury living to bare-bones practicality, we protect your long-term legacy and shore up your lifestyle...

Jun 10 1 minutes read

As the summer sun starts to intensify over the beautiful landscape of Southwest Washington, from the bustling cities to the tranquil towns nestled among forests and rivers, the thought of enduring the heat while keeping energy bills in check might seem like a tall order. Yet, achieving a comfortably cool home throughout our warmest months without draining your wallet is perfectly within reach. With a knack for clever adjustments and a few strategic investments, your home can become a refreshing retreat from the summer heat. Let’s explore how:

1. Seal Up and Stay Cool

Before the Southwest Washington summer transforms from pleasantly warm to “Is this still Earth?”, it’s wise to inspect your home for drafts. Tiny gaps around windows, doors, and ventilation can betray you, letting your precious cooled air escape into the humid embrace of the great outdoors. A bit of weather-stripping or caulking can go a long way in ensuring your home stays as cool as a cucumber without the extra effort.

2. Insulation: It’s Not Just for Winter

The same insulation that keeps your abode cozy in winter has a crucial role in repelling summer’s heat. Take a moment to assess the state of insulation in your attic, walls, and even floors. Our homes in Southwest Washington, particularly older ones that charm us with their history, might need a bit of a boost in this department to fend off the summer sun.

3. Embrace Energy-Efficient Appliances

If your appliances are so old they remember when Astoria was founded, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Choosing models bearing the ENERGY STAR label not only cuts down on electricity use but will also ease your utility bills through the long sunny season and beyond. It’s a win for your wallet and the planet.

4. Catch the Breeze

Even in our tech-driven world, one of the best cooling systems comes free of charge—the natural breeze. In the cooler hours of early morning and late evening, Southwest Washington gifts us with cooler air. Take advantage by opening windows to create a cross breeze, or consider installing window fans to draw in that crisp, natural air.

5. Window Treatments: Your Allies Against the Sun

Our region’s stunning vistas also mean we get our fair share of sunshine, particularly in the summer. Light-colored curtains or blinds can reflect solar heat and keep your interiors serene and cool. It’s a simple, aesthetic upgrade with practical benefits.

6. Smart Thermostat, Smart Savings

A programmable thermostat is like a ninjitsu master for your home’s climate, optimizing coolness while you’re there to enjoy it and saving energy when you’re not. Setting it around 78°F when you're home strikes a balance between comfort and efficiency.

7. Keep Your HVAC in Fighting Shape

Our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems work hard during the Southwest Washington summers. To keep it from becoming a heavyweight on your energy bill, ensure it receives regular check-ups and clean those filters to prevent your unit from working harder than it needs to.

8. A Clear View on Energy-Efficient Windows

While the initial investment might be higher, energy-efficient windows with low-E coatings can significantly reduce your home’s internal temperature warfare, trapping cooler air inside and reflecting heat. In Southwest Washington, where we balance between hot summers and chilly winters, they’re a wise choice year-round.

9. Fan the Flames of Efficiency

Not real flames, of course, but the metaphorical ones by installing ceiling fans. Set to turn counterclockwise, they can lower the room’s temperature by up to 4 degrees. It’s an old-school trick that still stands up to the blistering days of summer.

10. Green is the New Cool

Strategic landscaping can provide much-needed shade and act as a natural coolant for your home. Trees that lose their leaves in the fall but bloom fully in summer are perfect for Southwest Washington’s climate, offering shade in the warm months and allowing sunlight to warm your home in the cooler ones.

Thriving through the summer in Southwest Washington, with its unique blend of natural beauty and ever-changing weather, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or eco-friendliness. With these smart strategies, your home can serve as a cool retreat from the heat, allowing you to enjoy the best of our region’s sunny months while keeping your energy bills from soaring. Here’s to a cool, comfortable, and efficient summer ahead!

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