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Beat the Heat: Greater Cincinnati's Guide to Summer Home Efficiency

Ellie Kowalchik

Ellie leads the Move2 Team and has been a consistent sales leader in the Cincinnati market for over 20 years...

Ellie leads the Move2 Team and has been a consistent sales leader in the Cincinnati market for over 20 years...

Jun 10 1 minutes read

As the summer sun starts to assert its dominance over the Greater Cincinnati skyline, cranking up the AC looks like an inevitable pastime. But, keeping cool while keeping the energy bills in check? Now, that's a trick worth knowing as we brace ourselves for those humid Ohio summers. Here's your roadmap to a home that beats the heat without bleeding your wallet dry.

1. Patch It Up

First order of summer prep? Seal those leaks. Walk through your lovely Cincinnati area home—be it in Hyde Park or West Chester—and pay special attention to windows, doors, vents, or where your pet unicorn tried to escape. Weather-stripping and caulking are your best friends here, barring any magical interventions.

2. Insulate Like a Pro

Believe it or not, insulation isn't just a winter fairy tale. It works wonders in the summer, too, keeping that scorching heat at bay. Have a look-see in your attic, walls, and even floors. If it seems lacking, consider beefing it up, especially in older homes that might have been built when "insulation" was synonymous with "wishful thinking."

3. Appliance Upgrade Fiesta

If your appliances have been with you through thick and thin but mostly thick when it comes to energy bills, it might be time for an upgrade. Keep an eye out for those carrying the ENERGY STAR label. A shiny new energy-efficient fridge or washer not only helps Mother Earth but keeps your bills down. Who said you can't have it all?

4. Catch the Breeze

Embrace the early morning and late evening cool air that graces Greater Cincinnati. Strategically opening windows to create cross-ventilation can make a significant difference. Think of it as nature's way of giving you a high-five.

5. Window Dressing

Those direct sunlight beams can turn your house into a makeshift greenhouse. Using light-colored curtains, blinds, or shades can deflect some of that unwelcome heat. Consider it your home's very own pair of sunglasses.

6. Thermostat Tango

Navigating the intricate dance of thermostat settings can be a game-changer. Programmable thermostats are practically a cheat code for energy savings, allowing you to adjust the temp to match your schedule. Hovering around 76-80°F should keep you cool without freezing your assets.


A well-oiled HVAC system is like a smooth jazz ensemble: unobtrusive yet vital. Regular check-ups and cleanings, ideally before the peak of summer, ensure your system doesn’t hit a sour note when you most need it.

8. Window of Opportunity

Though it's a bigger investment upfront, swapping out old windows for energy-efficient ones with low-E coatings can make a world of difference. It's like putting energy-saving force fields around your home.

9. Fan Club

No, not that kind of fan club, but ceiling fans can indeed have you feeling cooler with a slight adjustment. Set them to spin counterclockwise, and you've got an indoor breeze that makes the summer heat more manageable.

10. Go Green

Last but certainly not least, leveraging the natural landscape of Greater Cincinnati can be your secret weapon. Planting trees and shrubs not only beautifies your space but provides much-needed shade. Think of it as nature’s version of blocking someone on social media: out of sight, out of mind.

With these tips and a bit of Cincinnati cleverness, keeping your home cool and energy-efficient during the torrid summer months is well within reach. And hey, saving a bit on those energy bills might just give you the perfect excuse to indulge in more Graeter's ice cream—at least that's energy efficiency I can get behind.

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