“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.”
—Jane Austen

Keep elegant this summer with our heatwave resource page. Scroll down for ways to prepare your home for the heat, an infographic on heat wave safety (keep it on your refrigerator) and tips on keeping cool when it’s hot.

How can we in the Bay Area prepare for a heatwave? First and foremost, be aware. Most victims of heat stroke are young children and elderly or disabled adults. Never leave a child in the car, and check on adults whom you suspect may be at risk. Second, get ready for the heat before the heatwave strikes. Here’s where we can help: we’ve compiled the following tips on how to keep your Bay Area home cool in the heat.

Keep Out the Hot

  • Is it time to upgrade your window coverings? According to the U.S Energy Department, “…when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%.” In other words, make sure you have good window coverings and remember to use them during hot weather.
  • You may also be interested in fitting window films on your windows. Window films regulate indoor temperature by blocking radiant heat flow, which ultimately helps with both the heat and the cold. According to Window Innovations Inc., a Diamond Certified company, “Window films reduce heat in your home by rejecting up to 78% of solar energy, 98% of infrared rays and 99% of harmful UV rays. Additionally, window films can help retain 5 to 8% of heat during the winter months.”
  • Installing an awning over south-facing windows and/or planting tall hedges or trees to the south can help keep your whole home from overheating.
  • Incandescent light bulbs expel heat, so replace them with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
  • Replace an old refrigerator with an energy-efficient model. The new refrigerator will give off much less heat.

Keep reading for more tips on staying cool during a heatwave.