Keeping Cool in Your New Oklahoma Home
Oklahoma can face some scorching weather, especially in the summer months. Whether you’ve already found your dream home in a new Oklahoma neighborhood or you’re still searching for it, you’ll need to know how to prepare yourself for the warm summer ahead. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your home nice and cool!
Make use of curtains and blinds
It might not seem the friendliest of methods to make when moving to a new neighborhood, but closing your curtains or blinds is a simple, cheap, and effective way to keep your house cool. It works by blocking the sun's rays from entering your house, keeping your home in the shade. If you don’t fancy keeping your blinds closed during the day in fear of looking antisocial, you can try reflective window coatings or smart glass. Some homes can be found with smart glass already installed, or if you’re looking to build your home yourself you could easily add this to your new Oklahoma home’s construction.
Use your appliances wisely
To keep your house cool in the summer you want to reduce the amount of heat you create indoors, which means being a bit more conscious of what home appliances you use during the day. All appliances that use electricity will create some sort of heat, so unplugging any devices you aren’t using should combat any humidity in your home - plus, you’ll save some money on your energy bills, too. Kitchen appliances such as toasters, ovens, and stoves also produce a lot of heat, so it’s best to limit the use of these if you want to minimize indoor heat.
Try no-heat light bulbs
You’d be surprised at how much heat light bulbs can produce. The average household light bulb emits 90% of its energy as heat, with the outside casing reaching up to 250°F. Most new homes constructed here in Oklahoma have light bulbs generously dotted throughout each room, which could equate to quite a lot of excess heat production. Swapping your regular light bulbs to LEDs could solve your humid home problems, as LED bulbs only produce 12% of heat energy. Known as no-heat light bulbs, LED lights are both energy efficient and cooler than the standard incandescent light bulb.
Invest in AC or ceiling fans
Due to the annual hot weather, air conditioning or ceiling fans should definitely be something you look for when buying a new home in Oklahoma. They will guarantee you and your home stay cool when the mercury starts to rise. Of course all our new homes in Oklahoma, have luxury ceiling fans and high end AC as standard. Automation settings on your thermostat can really help to regulate the temperature and your electricity costs.
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