One of the best parts of summer is spending time at the cottage, of course. But just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you’re unaffected by the stifling heatwaves that southern and eastern Ontario are known for. Did you know that by improving the energy efficiency of your cottage or country home, you can keep cool and comfortable?
While not all cottages have air conditioning, there are still some ways you can stay cool in your cottage, and even more ways if you do.
- Install energy-saving windows. Regular windows are the reason for at least half of the heat entering your home in the summer from outside (and leaving your home in the winter). While this can be expensive, it’s the most efficient way to keep your home cool in the summer.
- Take advantage of cooler days by opening your doors and windows.
- Choose roofing that is lighter in colour to reflect more sunlight.
- Create a screened-in haven in your back-yard or front porch. This will keep the sun from shining through some of your windows directly and give you a nice place to relax when you want to.
- Use blinds and curtains in rooms you don’t use during the day to keep the sun out and your air conditioning system from working so hard.