Denver has seen temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s over the past few days and it’s not technically even summer yet. If you’re already thinking, “What can I do to keep my home cool this summer?” we have some ideas for you:

1. Install new windows. Did you know that when properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your cooling, heating AND lighting costs?

2. Reduce the cooling load by employing cost-effective conservation measures. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.

3. Consider new siding, which provides greater insulation and can lower your cooling costs.

4. You could also consider Low-emissivity (low-e) window glazing, which can help control solar heat gain and loss in heating climates.

5. In hot climates, plant shade trees around the house. Hint: don’t plant trees on the South if you want to benefit from passive solar heating in the winter.

Enjoy the summer!