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Tips to stay cool in summer heat

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With significant heat and humidity in the forecast this week, it's important to be cautious to avoid heat-related illnesses by staying cool. 

Here are some tips to help you beat the heat in your home:

1) Set it smart:  Keep the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the summer to save a little cash.  You can also save money with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you're asleep or away.  Fans are also a cost-friendly alternative to the AC.

2) Seal it up:  Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts in the basement and attic, as well as along doors, windows, chimneys, electrical outlets, and other areas where warm air might seep in.

3) Block the sun:  On hot, sunny days, close drapes, blinds or shades, particularly those on the south and west side to help cool your home.

4) Keep it clear:  Make sure air registers and radiators aren't blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes, or other objects.  In addition, be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular basis.

5) Dry it out:  Use bath and kitchen vents to exhaust heat and moisture, but run them just long enough to rid the house of unwanted water vapor and odors.

6) Wait it out:  Schedule any heat-generating activities, such as oven cleaning, baking, dishwashing, clothes drying, and ironing, for the early morning or late evening hours.

7) Keep it up:  Check air filters monthly, and clean or replace them as necessary.  Wash outside air conditioning coils with mild soap to remove dust and dirt.

During periods of high heat and humidity, it's also good to check on neighbors and relatives who do not have air conditioning.

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