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How Do You Keep Your Home Cool in Hot Weather?

Temperatures are expected to hit over 100 degrees this weekend in Central Contra Costa County. What are the best ways to avoid hitting the A/C?

Cool mornings heat up to hot, hot summer afternoons in Central Contra Costa County, and this weekend is no exception — triple-digit temperatures are expected to hit Friday and Saturday, followed by a week in the high 90s.

The heat means a strain on the power grid as homes and businesses crank the air conditioning, finding refuge from the heat but working up a higher electric bill. The cold air is an inviting, quick fix, and an easy cure for heat-induced insomnia. But is there another way?

One Pleasant Hill resident commenting on the Pleasant Hill Patch Facebook page says she has never once used air conditioning to cool the house in her 40 years of living in Central County. Instead, she puts fans in front of the windows in the evening to pull in the cool air and send the hot air out. During the hottest part of the day, usually in the afternoon, she shuts up the house to keep the coolness inside.

How do you keep the house cool? Share your tips in the comments below.

Chris Kapsalis August 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
It is probably to small a space to make much of a difference. I was just thinking of all the ways to keep a house cool without ac and it would be a novel. lol. And I am a little long winded at times. But I think the best way is evaporation, from you body with a fan and wet towel. So many things can be done to keep a home cool. Try to get as much morning air in the house as you can and trap it in there is another trick. Like I said, I think this would make a great book. They know all the tricks in Phoenix though. Have to.
Triple Canopy August 12, 2012 at 01:06 AM
2x with that PH resident.. Before going to bed, I put a box fan in the window and set it to low. Then I go to the other side of the house and open for cross flow the top pane of a double-hung window since hot air is closer to the ceiling. This morning, the inside temp was 65 degrees. Trees and landscaping does wonders and doesn't cost very much. Strategically located deciduous trees let the sun shine in during the sun's low arc across the sky and then block the sun during the hottest time of the summer. People should also consider shading concrete and avoid putting pavement right up against the house. Concrete will gain heat during the day and create a huge thermal mass that takes a very long time to release that heat.
Chris Kapsalis August 12, 2012 at 01:52 AM
That is true about the concrete. Heat islands are created by cities and their roads and concrete. Black top is the worst. Painting your house white and having a lighter colored roof is a good idea. White reflects the heat away and darker colors absorb the heat more.
Sarah Dawkins August 19, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Good advise the only thing I have a problem with is keeping the kids in or out otherwise none of my morning air matters
Dana Caffrey November 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I have quite a big house and keeping it cool and hot can sometimes be a problem. Any tips on how to make my house in right temperature during these climate? Something that will not make my electric bill soar high during summer, as well as during winter. Thanks! AtticFan.com

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