It's getting a bit hot here in Berks County with temps getting up in the mid 90's by next week. Not all of us have AC in our homes. But there are ways to keep your home cooler. Here's a few tips to help you beat the heat this summer.

Close the blinds

During the summer, windows can let in about 25 percent of the heat. During the hottest hours of the day, use shades or blinds to keep your home cool without air conditioning.

Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise

Ceiling fans aren't a turn-it-on-and-forget-it appliance. When the weather is warm, the fan blades should rotate counter-clockwise (as you look up at them) to force air downwards. On really hot days, increase the fan speed.

Insulate your attic and walls

A lot of what helps keep your house warm during the winter can also help keep your house cool during the summer. Insulation, for instance, lowers energy bills since it keeps the cool air in and the heat out. You can also get insulation for a very low price.

Strip in the cool

As for weather stripping, it's generally considered a winter measure but also works well in summer because it keeps cool air from escaping through doors and windows. In less than 30 minutes, you can install weather stripping around a door. It's cheap and easy to install.

Bake and wash at night

Significant amounts of heat are emitted by large appliances. Use ovens, ranges, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers after sunset when the temperature is cooler so their output is offset.

Consider a dehumidifier

Dry heat is much more comfortable for people and pets than moist heat. Your home will feel much more comfortable even at high temperatures if you use a dehumidifier to remove humidity. The ideal humidity level for indoors is between 60 and 70 percent. Use a device that automatically shuts off when the humidity falls below your set point to save on electric costs. The water gathered by the humidifier can be used to water your plants.

Hack a fan

It is possible to create the illusion of an ocean breeze by adding ice to a bowl and a fan. Place an ice pack or a mixing bowl in front of the fan, then put the bowl in front of the ice. You can turn on the fan to create the impression of a chilly, misty breeze.

Install cooling curtains

When opening all the windows isn't enough, spray a sheet with cold water and cover the opening of the window. By passing through cool, damp fabric, the breeze will help lower your home's temperature.

Turn on your bathroom fans

Your bathroom fans, as well as the exhaust fan in your kitchen, drag the hot air that rises and push it out of your home.

Try insulated window films

Window films offer a ton of benefits, from cutting energy costs to providing you privacy while still enjoying the view and light of the great outdoors. They can provide up to 98 per cent infrared heat reduction compared to unprotected windows, and reduce temperature imbalances in your home.

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