Energy-efficient tips for keeping your house cool in extreme heat

by Julia Brown and Barry Weiss Weiss 07/03/2024

Photo of a man on the couch under an AC unit

Warm weather is often a time for outdoor parties, frozen drinks, cooling mist features and finding ways to keep members of your home and house guests hydrated on an outdoor dance floor during epic game nights. However, it’s also a great time to take stock in your home’s weather resilience.

Even if you live in a region without many hot days during the summer, there are benefits to keeping your house cool in extreme heat. You can increase your home's energy efficiency, lower your utility bills and keep guests cool when hosting a summer gathering.

Before you retreat to the pool or head for the fan and ice bucket, consider making some simple changes and upgrades to your home to beat the heat. Here's what you can do to stay safe and comfortable at home in the sun:

Insulation may need a refresh

Before you consider air conditioning or portable fans, start by making sure your home's insulation is up to spec. Proper insulation can reduce your energy bills year-round, and keep your home a comfortable temperature in extreme heat.

Poor insulation usually presents itself as drafts, intense energy bills, sudden and impactful temperature fluctuations and possible dampness - especially in humid climates.

Smart home technology stays on top of utility bills

Smart thermostats are the best way to carefully monitor and control the temperature in your home. In addition to fine-tuning comfort levels, you can program your thermostat to adjust automatically based on the weather forecast. You can also monitor and change temperatures in a room based on use to avoid wasting energy.

Be sure you choose a smart thermostat with all the features you need to keep your home comfortable and refreshing. For example, ensure your thermostat is compatible with your current HVAC system. Choosing one that isn’t could create more problems than it solves.

Windows can keep you cooler

Modern windows and window seals can help reduce the amount of high temperatures your home absorbs by a noticeable percentage. 

Low-emissivity or low-E glass windows block a large amount of both UV and infrared radiation from sunlight and keep the heat outside. These energy-efficient windows will also prevent leaking precious cool air from inside the home.

Doors are also great seals

Similarly to windows, doors can make a big difference in temperature control and energy efficiency. Doors made of fiberglass are strong and prevent hot air from traveling in or out of your home. Properly sealing the doors will also maximize energy efficiency while keeping the house cool in extreme heat.

By combining all of these tips, you'll have excellent defense against extreme heat. By staying cool, you'll save on your utility bills and reduce your energy consumption at the same time.

About the Author

Julia Brown and Barry Weiss Weiss

Introducing the partnership of Brown & Weiss. Julia & Barry have a combined 23 years of experience in real estate and over 70 combined years of customer service. They each have lived in the Wilmington area for over 20 years and are very familiar with the local market. Their savvy negotiations and cutting edge marketing join uncompromising integrity as the hallmarks of Julia and Barry’s service. They are well respected in the Wilmington area not only for their professional track record and high ethical standards, but for being hardworking individuals that will do anything in their power to ensure their client’s success. Julia and Barry enjoy working for the number one real estate company in the area- Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. With the Coldwell Banker brand and their experience behind the sale or purchase or your home, you can’t go wrong. So, put us to work for you today and “Let us light your way home".