Potential For More Heat Waves Possible
Area Programs Provide Aid
Posted: July 13, 2013 at 5 a.m.
The odds are good temperatures will be higher than average this summer in Northwest Arkansas, a National Weather Service representative said.
At A Glance
Block The Heat
• Plant a deciduous shade tree near the home to control the amount of heat that reaches your house.
• Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home; about 10 to 25 percent of energy used to cool homes escapes via leaks.
• Increase attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level is R-38, or 10-16 inches of blown insulation.
• Install a programmable thermostat; set it higher when away.
• When home, set thermostat to 78 degrees.
• Install ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the house.
• Maintain consistent temperatures.
• Replace air filters monthly to improve air flow.
• Shade windows with light-colored shades to reflect heat.
• Close draperies and shades on south-facing windows to block sunlight and heat during the day.
• Install awnings on windows that get excessive sun in the late afternoon.
• Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
• Hang laundry outside to dry. Use the dryer’s fluff cycle to soften any stiffness.
• Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven.
• Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.
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