How to keep your home cool in the summer. How to protect your home from heat in summer

Tips to Keep Yourself and Your Home Cool this Summer

June 20, 2024 | Tower Hill Insurance

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It’s getting hot in here… so follow these tips to protect yourself and your home from the summer heat!

Summer solstice is here, bringing with it the longest day of the year and, often, extreme heat. As temperatures rise, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your home from the scorching sun. Here are some practical tips to keep your home cool and yourself safe.

Protect Your Home

Protect your home from the summer heat

1. Take Care of your A/C

  • Inspect and clean A/C parts to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Replace any old filters in the A/C and in the air vents.
  • Close doors to unimportant rooms to cool down your home faster.

2. Upgrade your Home’s Defenses

  • Repaint your home a light color to reflect the sun.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated; it keeps your house cold in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Install energy efficient windows; they are designed to keep your home cool and can save money on cooling and heating. Interested in upping your window game? Read more on Forbes.

Protect Yourself

Person applying sunblock to protect from the sun and heat

1. Shield Yourself from the Sun

  • Avoid going outside during the hottest hours of the day (11am – 3pm).
  • Wear and regularly reapply sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Wear hats and lightweight, light-colored clothing to protect your skin.
  • Take breaks in shady areas to avoid heat exhaustion.

2. Chug! Chug! Chug! (Water)

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol to prevent dehydration.
  • Eat foods with high water content, like fruits and vegetables.

3. Embrace the Water

  • Take a dip in the pool to cool down; even dipping just your wrists and ankles can help a lot.
  • Wearing wet shirts and towels can help keep you cool in the sun.
  • Spray cool water on your face.

4. Be Aware

  • Know the signs of dehydration for yourself and those around you:
    • Thirst
    • Dry mouth
    • Fast breathing and heart rate
    • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Know what to do in event of a heat stroke:
    • Wrap them in a wet sheet of clothing.
    • Dial 911.
    • Learn more heatstroke first aid from the Red Cross.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the summer solstice while staying cool and safe. Stay hydrated, stay informed, and keep your home prepared for the summer heat!