In the summertime, a lot of people “head for the hills” (or in this area, they head for the Poconos Mountains). And while the Poconos do provide some relief from the heat that hits parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are still plenty of days when it can get a little warmer than is comfortable. The average high temperatures in the summer are around 80 degrees—but those “non-average” days can be a sticky mess.
A lot of us have gotten used to simply hitting the “coldest” setting on the air conditioner and crank the fan up as high as it will go. But there are other options for keeping cool without cranking up the AC. They’ll cost you less money, and a lot of people prefer to forgo the chilly blast of artificially cooled air. Here are five ways you can keep the inside of your Poconos home cool this summer, when the outside temperature heads into that uncomfortable above-average range.
Lower the Blinds.
Close Off Unused Rooms.
Get Ceiling Fans Pointed in the Right Direction.
Let Nature Take Over.
BONUS TIP: Do a Light Switch. Everybody knows that LED and CFL lights are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but do you know where all that extra energy goes? Roughly 90 percent of an incandescent bulb’s energy goes to creating heat. That means if you have a bunch of incandescent bulbs burning around the house, you’re actually heating things up. You can either turn t off those lights or switch to CFLs or LEDs.