The end of July and early August have Central Oregon feeling the heat. Avoid running up your energy bills by laying in front of an open freezer and use these window and door tips to beat the heat in Central Oregon this summer.
Maximizing Windows and Doors to Beat the Heat
Windows and doors are our gateways to the great outdoors, but also contributing factors to letting in the sweltering summer heat. Take these tips into consideration when trying to cool off your home this August in Central Oregon.
- Use thick curtains or light colored blinds to block out and reflect incoming heat. This is an aesthetically pleasing option for reflecting heat (as opposed to covering your windows in tin foil like something out of the movie Signs). Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day when you’re not home to be most effective and to prevent incoming heat from turning your living spaces into humid greenhouses.
- Seal all air leaks, similar to how you would in the winter. In the winter, sealing cracks in windows and doors prevents warm air from escaping. In the summer, sealing cracks prevents cool air from escaping through the crevices around the edges of windows and doors.
- Open windows and doors at night to release any hot air contained in your home and to bring in the cooler air after the sun goes down. This allows cool air to circulate and can bring down the temperature indoors.
- Inspect weather stripping around doors and windows to ensure cracks are sealed and hot air isn’t leaking into your home.
- Keep windows and doors shut tightly in order to retain cool air and prevent hot air from entering your home.
If when you’re inspecting windows and doors you discover cracks and leaks that can’t be fixed, contact Great Northern Window and Door for information about replacements. Great Northern installs windows and doors throughout Central Oregon.
Keep cool this summer by follow these tips for beating the heat with your windows and doors.