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How to keep cool in the heat

Madison, Wis. (June 17, 2013) – Each summer there comes a time when it’s just too hot to do anything outside your home. Knowing that heat wave is just around the corner means needing to know your air conditioning unit is going to work. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in regard to keeping your home cool.

Beat the heat

  • Make sure window air conditioning units are fit snugly in the space provided. Insulate any areas that may provide an opportunity for cool air to seep out.
  • Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat away from the home.
  • Don’t hesitate to cover windows receiving morning or afternoon sun with curtains, drapes, shades or awnings.
  • Check on elderly, young and sick neighbors. Make sure they are hydrated and have a place to stay cool.
  • Inspect air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. That way all the cool air stays inside the walls of the home instead of leaking out elsewhere.

Janet Masters
American Family Insurance
(608) 242-4100 ext. 30409

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