It’s no secret that our Arizona temperatures soar in the summer, often reaching highs of 100° and warmer. Spring and fall bring some respite, but average highs can sometimes climb into the 80s. To help keep your home cool, our luxury home experts at Walt Danley have organized a few simple tips to help prepare your home for the warmest days of the year.
Rely on Programmable and Learning Thermostats
You could just crank up the air conditioning, but it raises your electric costs and energy consumption. A programmable or learning thermostat offer higher energy efficiency when cooling a home, even in the high heat of Arizona. Your smart thermostat will cycle to keep the interior a steady cool, never letting it get too hot or too chilly.
Tip: Never turn off the air conditioning completely when leaving the home, even for a week’s vacation. It takes more energy for your A/C to re-cool the house after being shut down than if you leave the thermostat set to 80-degrees while away.
What To Do With Windows
The Art of Manliness reports that up to 30 percent of unwanted heat in the home streams in through the windows via the greenhouse effect. While the view of the mountains may be spectacular from your living room, consider closing the blinds when direct sun is shining through. Low-e windows also work to keep homes cooler by reflecting the sun away from the window. You can also add sun screens or awnings to keep the heat at bay.
Remove Humidity with Exhaust Fans
The Arizona climate is naturally less humid than many other regions of the country. However, indoor humidity from showers, baths, even the dishwasher can add a level of discomfort during the hottest days of the year. Plan to run the bathroom exhaust fans during a shower or bath and for at least 20 minutes after to help reduce the humidity. The drier the home, the cooler it will feel.
Run Heat-Generating Appliances at Night
Your dishwasher and even some washing machines can be programmed to run during the cooler evening hours or overnight. Make sure your laundry room is well-ventilated and that it’s not close to the thermostat, which can affect how often the air conditioning runs. It’s a good idea to keep any heat-generating appliance or electrical device away from the home’s main thermostat.
Use an Outdoor Kitchen
Cold salads are refreshing during the heat of summer, but sometimes you need something a bit more. An outdoor kitchen keeps the heat from cooking out of the house. A covered cooking and eating area with a misting systems as part of your outdoor living space is the ideal solution.
Contact us today to look for a new luxury home with energy-saving technology and the amenities needed to keep its cool during summer heat.