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Common Garage Door Injuries in Summer

Summer means warmer weather, more honey do projects, and more kids playing outside. If you have a garage, summertime is also a time when certain garage door injuries are more likely to occur. These accidents can not only cause minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, and falls, but may result in more substantial injuries, including:

Dismemberment (loss of fingers or limbs)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

In other words, these summertime garage door injuries should not be easily dismissed. Especially when many of them are easily preventable.

Pinching or Crushing Injuries
These types of injuries typically occur when fingers are caught between section joints. The consequences of these injuries can be amputations on the more serious end of the spectrum and painful cuts and other injuries on the less severe end of the scale.

Either way, teaching children to avoid placing their hands near section joints of the garage, ever, can prevent these types of injuries. Remaining vigilant when opening or closing garages to verify that no child is in the area will help as well.

Additionally, keep an eye on children playing near the garage, any time the door is open. Unexpected accidents occur all the time, but these types of tragedies can often be avoided with actions similar to what’s been described above.

Additionally, when garage doors fall, some children may be caught in the path and injured by a door falling on them. These types of injuries may result in devastating injuries like traumatic brain injuries, broken or crushed limbs, or even death.

Getting Locked in the Garage
This is especially problematic in older garage doors that may be in various states of disrepair. Rusted springs or springs that are cracked or have loosened can cause the garage to fall unexpectedly trapping young children in the garage.

During summer, this can be a problem on two fronts.

Garages can get extremely hot during the summer.

Many people store hazardous chemicals and other materials in garages that can put off noxious fumes when temperatures rise.

Aside from being diligent about garage and garage door maintenance, you may consider installing a garage exhaust fan that draws toxic fumes and oppressive heat out of your garage.

Word of Caution
Finally, don’t rely on built-in safety features that are supposed to cause garage doors to reverse when children cross their paths. A recent study concluded that while 88 percent of garage door openers reversed, according to design, when encountering blocks of wood, nearly 40 percent of them failed to do so, coming down on child-sized mannequins instead of reversing course. Don’t let tragedy strike.

Instead, teach your children to respect and avoid garage doors whenever possible and to never play in or around them.

June is Garage Door Safety Month

The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) together with the International Door Association (IDA) have designated the month of June as Garage Door Safety Month. During this month they intend to educate consumers about safety issues related to garage doors and their operation.

Why the Need for Garage Door Safety?

The garage door is the single largest moving object in the average American home. When properly installed, maintained, and tested these doors offer trouble-free operation. However, when improperly installed or poorly maintained, these doors can close with destructive and/or deadly force if someone or something is in its path.

That extends to:


You get the picture. Without the proper safety measures in place and working effectively, your garage door can place you, your possessions, and your loved ones at great risk.

Safety Guidelines for Garage

Below you will find a few key precautions and safety reminders to help you avoid many possible disasters that may occur as a result of your garage door system.

Teach your children not to play “beat the door” games where they attempt to run under the door before it comes all the way down.

Don’t let children observe you racing the door either (they learn far more from what they see you do than what you tell them not to do).

Don’t allow children to play with garage door openers.

Install wall openers for your garage beyond the reach of your children.

Teach your children to keep hands, fingers, etc. away from the joints, hinges, springs, and other parts of your garage doors to avoid injuries.

Test safety features on your garage door monthly to make sure it will reverse properly if someone or something obstructs the path.

Replace garage doors made prior to January 1, 1993 that do not have advanced safety features installed to protect children, pets, and property.

Garage safety is not something you think about every day, which is why these organizations have set aside an entire month to focus on improving garage door safety – so your family never needs to experience an unnecessary tragedy related to your garage door.

Other safety features you might want to consider for your garage includes installing a garage exhaust fan. Not only will this fan help to expel hot air from your garage, regulating the temperature much more effectively, but it can also rid your garage of toxic fumes and unwanted condensation.

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10 Ways to Cool Your Home Without Central AC

Not everyone in the U.S. has the luxury of central air conditioning systems to help ward off the worst of the dog days of summer. Even if you do, there are days when your AC unit may be on the fritz or in need of repairs. Besides that, running an air conditioner constantly causes your electric bill to go sky high.

When the time comes for you to beat the heat without the benefit of central AC, these 10 ways might be of help.

  1. Use Blackout Curtains
    These curtains provide a layer of insulation on your windows that prevents the heat from coming inside your home and taking up permanent residence.
  1. Close Doors to Unused Rooms
    Focus all your cooling efforts during the day on rooms that are used most frequently by the family. Close off the doors to all other rooms so that precious cool air isn’t wasted on unused spaces.
  1. Make Your Own Air Conditioner
    There are a variety of DIY air conditioners on the market that offer limited success. Trial and error may net you one of the winners. Of course, some people swear by the method of placing a shallow dish of ice cold water in front of a fan for moving cool air through a warm room.
  1. Create a Cross Breeze in Your Home
    Open windows on opposite sides of the home to create a path of airflow throughout the home. Improve the flow of cool air coming into your home by placing a box fan in one window blowing into the room to draw in cool air and the opposite window (blowing out of the home) to remove warm air.
  1. Hydrate
    There aren’t enough good things that can be said about hydrating to help you keep your cool no matter what the weather or the temperature inside your home is doing. Drink ice cold water and see what a difference it makes.
  1. Install a Whole House Fan
    Whole house fans work by drawing fresh, cool air into your home through open windows on the lowest floor of your home and expelling warm, stale air through vents in the attic. It is an efficient way to cool your home and can, in some areas, eliminate your need for additional cooling, like air conditioning. An attic fan can help to cool a hot attic as well.
  1. Use Cooling Pillows and Sheets
    There are a variety of gel pillows designed to have a cooling impact while you sleep. Additionally, there are sheets on the market designed to wick moisture and heat away from the body, so you sleep cooler at night.
  1. Cool Yourself
    Use a cool, damp washcloth at pressure points (wrist, neck, etc.) to help your entire body feel cooler.
  1. Cook Sparingly and Wisely
    Consider alternatives to cooking during the hottest summer evenings, opting instead for microwave meals, crockpot preparations, meals served cold (salads and cold cuts, for example), or grilling outside your home.
  1. Switch Your Bulbs
    Rosie on the House did an experiment to determine which light bulbs burned hottest and which burned coolest. Believe it or not, there is a wide swing, 170 degrees per bulb between the hottest (halogen bulbs at 279 degrees) and the coolest (LED bulbs at 109 degrees). Incandescent bulbs were the second biggest losers at 215 degrees and CFL bulbs weighed in at 148 degrees. The more bulbs you have in your home, the more they can increase the temperature inside your home.

Little things to help you keep your cool can make a huge difference when you don’t have central air conditioning during the summer. Keep these 10 ways to cool down in mind if you find yourself in need of a little relief from the summer heat.

Ways to Prune Summer Cooling Bills

During the hot temperatures of summer, heavy use of your air conditioner, refrigerator, humidifiers, and other home appliances can increase your electric bills exponentially. Power companies, in many regions, charge you on a tiered basis for electrical usage.

And, the more electricity you use, the more you’re going to pay. The cost of extra power can almost triple during any given month when you have used up your allocated amount of electricity. One top strategy to save money is to eliminate this excess usage.

The U.S. News and World Reports list a number of ways you can lower your electric bills for cooling including:

  1. Use Your Air Conditioning in a Smart Way
    Your air conditioning is a huge culprit of what spikes your electric bills in the summer. Just by using less AC, you can cut back on your power usage significantly. You can save money simply by keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. If this seems like you’ll end up living in a hot home, there are a few other things you can do.

For instance, don’t cool your home when you’re not there. Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. This helps to eliminate wasted energy when you’re not there. Set the thermostat so that while you’re away or sleeping it kicks the AC up a few degrees automatically to room temperature. When you’re home and moving around, you can keep it a little cooler.

Also, don’t chill rooms that you’re not using. In unused guest rooms or other areas of your home you’re not using, close the registers. Just make sure you close the doors to these rooms unless your thermostat is located in one of them; keep the door open to that room.

  1. Install Attic Fans to Ventilate Super-Heated Air from the Attic
    Installing an attic fan will help you cool your home more efficiently. Hot air from your attic transfers to your ceiling below and this raises the temperature in the other rooms of your home significantly. An attic fan draws in the cooler air from the outdoors through the vents of your attic (gable and soffit) and pushes the indoor hot air outdoors.
  1. Reduce Humidity
    Your air will feel warmer when high humidity hits. By lowering the humidity, your home will feel cooler. A big part of the job of your AC unit is to eliminate the humidity from your indoor air which makes it feel cooler. Minimize humidity-creating activities like cooking and washing and drying your clothes to cut back on the work of your AC unit. When cooking or showering, run ventilation fans, but refrain from overusing them. After you use them, turn them off to prevent the AC-cooled air from expelling from your home.
  1. Install a Whole House Fan
    If you don’t have an air conditioner or you want to give it a break, consider installing a whole-house fan, like the QC ES-6000 Energy Saver Whole House Fan, that draws in the outdoor cool air and exhausts the hotter air from your home. Whole house fans exhaust the hot air through your windows or attic soffits which cools your home. By eliminating the hot air in your home with a whole house fan, you also create air circulation that helps to prevent indoor allergies and air pollution that can occur from air filled with stagnant pollen.

If you’re looking to cut your summer cooling bills this year, contact us here at WholeHouseFan to learn out how an attic fan or whole house fan can help.

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How to Cool an Older Home

Keeping your cool in an older home can be quite challenging. Many older homes lack the high levels of energy efficiency newer models of homes have. Unfortunately, the design of many older homes prevents you from adding traditional ducts necessary to install central heating and air conditioning units without sacrificing the historic characteristics of the home.

That doesn’t mean you’re out of options for keeping your home cool though. These tips are all worth considering if you want to have your older home and live in it this summer, too.

Consider Investing in a Mini-Duct Air Conditioning System
Mini-duct systems can be highly efficient at cooling small areas of your home. Rather than using large ducts required by traditional central air units, it uses ducts that are smaller in diameter and can run along floor joists in the home.

The downside of this system is that because the ducts are smaller, they must force air out more forcefully, so you won’t want the vents in areas where people congregate lest you create cold spots. The other downside is the cost. Depending on the size of your home, you may require two or more systems to cool effectively, which can add up fast.

Install Ductless Air Conditioning
Another option to consider is the use of ductless air conditioning. These systems can cool a variety of spaces effectively. They create less noise than traditional window air conditioning units as the compressor operates outside your home with the “evaporator” system working on the inside to cool your home.

Buy Portable Air Conditioners for Limited Cooling
Portable air conditioners are highly efficient at cooling small spaces. If you’re primarily interested in zone cooling, this is a cost-effective choice for many people who own older homes and almost anyone who rents an older home and cannot make structural changes to the home.

However, it does have its limitations. Unless you intend to take the unit from room to room with you, it can only cool one designated area at a time – and only according to the size of the unit you purchase. It is important to choose a unit sized right for your living space.

Invest in a Whole House Fan
Perhaps the best option for people who own older homes is the whole house fan. It allows fresh, clean air to be drawn in from lower floor windows and super-heated air to be expelled from the home through vents in the roof. This is ideally used in overnight and early morning areas when the temperatures outside are typically lower than those inside the home and can create a nice cool breeze that keeps everyone comfortable.

The beauty of a whole house fan is that it can be used alone to help cool your home or in combination with window, portable, ductless, and even mini-duct air conditioning systems to provide additional cooling during the hottest hours of the day.

Keeping your cool when the day heats up isn’t always easy if you own an older home. These great methods can help.

If you just recently purchased an older home or have been living in one and looking for a new and better cooling solution, contact us here at WholeHouseFan for free expert advice: 1.888.229.5757 Direct: 1-661-775-5979

Introducing the Quiet Cool Whole House Fan Wi-Fi Smart Control

In an effort to attain greater energy efficiency, homes today are offering more and more tools to help you control your equipment wirelessly. You’ve probably heard of a lot of products that are taking technology to new heights – allowing you to control your thermostat, set your alarms, and even unlock your door through a mobile app.

If you’re looking to make your home a little smarter, the Quiet Cool Whole House Fan with Wi-Fi Smart Control is one way you definitely want to go.

How does it work?

The first step in the process is to purchase one Wi-Fi Smart Control hub for each motorhead in your Quiet Cool whole house fan system. The good news is that it is backward compatible, so it will work with all Quiet Cool whole house and attic fans.

It is important to remember that you must still open your windows before operating your whole house fan, so this is not part of a home automation system, but can help you avoid a few steps when the time comes to turn your fans on in the evening.

While it is possible, at this point in time, to connect the Quiet Cool Wi-Fi Smart Control to more than one motorhead, that isn’t recommended at this time because it reduces some of the functionality of the fans and may accidentally burn out the hub.

The Wi-Fi Smart Control for your whole house fan places you in complete control of your fans without needing to leave the comfort of your seat to shut them down after an adequate period of time.

Whether you want your fans to cool your home for 30 minutes before calling it quits for the night, or a full eight hours, you can set the timer once your windows are open and let your system do the rest.

Installing the Wi-Fi Smart Control for your Quiet Cool whole house fan is relatively simple and comes with an easy-to-follow owners guide, though some people prefer leaving this task to qualified professionals.

Once installed, you can download the app onto your mobile phone or tablet device, so you can operate your whole house fan from anywhere within your home – as long as you have the required windows open, of course.

What you may not know, though, is that installing the Wi-Fi Smart Control to your Quiet Cool system can help you cut your energy costs even more by making it convenient to turn your fan off as soon as your home becomes sufficiently cool with the swipe of your fingers on your favorite mobile device!

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Portable Air Conditioners Vs. Whole House Fan

When the dog days of summer strike hard, everyone wants to find a nice cool place for respite and reprieve. If your home doesn’t have central air conditioning, though, that can be a little more difficult than you expect. In fact, you may find yourself eyeing options, like whole house fans and portable air conditioners, as options for cooling off on the hottest days of summer.

Let’s compare the two to see if one is better than the other for you or if you might find a benefit for bringing both into your homes.

Whole House Fan Strengths
Whole house fans were once the “go to” choice for cooling homes across the country. In fact, homes were once built in a manner that maximized the efficiency of whole house fans with large windows on lower floors, huge purchases that kept out moisture, and large attics with plenty of ventilation through which the warm air could easily be expelled.

If you have an older home, whole house fans present a highly energy efficient option for cooling your home during the late overnight and early morning hours. In fact, any time when the outside temperature is cooler than the temperature inside your home, you can benefit from the use of whole house fans while using 90 percent less energy than you would with an air conditioner.

Whole House Fan Weaknesses
On the flip-side of the equation, you probably won’t be able to benefit from using a whole house fan during the hottest hours of the day. The temperature outside your home must be cooler than the temps inside to get any major benefit from using whole house fans. The units also cost more, initially, to purchase and install than portable air conditioners, though, compared to central air conditioning are a bargain.

Portable Air Conditioner Strengths
Portable air conditioners offer a few distinct strengths, including the ease of installation and the fact that you can move them from room to room throughout the day for zone cooling in gathering spaces. You must keep in mind, though, that these portable units must vent outside the home wherever you have them in your home, so a window in the room being cooled is necessary.

Portable Air Conditioner Weaknesses
Cost is the most significant weakness when it comes to portable air conditioners. Portable units cost nearly twice what window units with comparable cooling capacity costs without the ease of portability. Even so, they cost more than whole house fans to operate. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a portable air conditioner that qualifies for Energy Star certification among portable air conditioning options.

Now that you know the good and the bad about both, here is something to consider. If you need a little more cooling during daylight hours than a whole house fan provides, consider investing in both and using the portable air conditioner for zoned cooling during the day and the whole house fan to keep your home cool and comfortable during late evening and early morning hours. You might easily cover the costs of the compromise in energy savings alone.

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How Homes Were Kept Cool Before Air Conditioning

Once upon a time, air conditioning wasn’t common in households anywhere. While the planet is experiencing a warming trend as of late, it wasn’t that much cooler in the time before air conditioning than it is now. Moreover, most people wore more clothing and warmer clothing than is commonly worn today. These are a few ways homeowners kept their homes cool during this point in history.

House Designed for Maximum Cooling
A variety of design methods existed during this time period that sought to offer the greatest possible cooling during the hottest hours of the day.

Shotgun house designs: In the warmth of Louisiana, homes were designed and built with the idea of maximizing airflow in mind. These “shotgun” houses were built with all rooms going straight through the home, which was built in a one-room width, so that the doors and windows could be lined up for cross-ventilation.

Large covered porches: These large porches were designed to provide shade from the sun that prevented radiant heating from occurring inside the home. They served an additional purpose of allowing windows to remain open even when it was raining outside without fear of water blowing into the home. This is why so many older homes have large wrap around porches on upper and lower floors.

Tall ceilings: Because heat rises, tall ceilings were commonly used in warmer climates to help provide some relief from the heat during the dog days of summer. Ceiling fans were also commonly used (some powered by electricity while others were powered by rope pulleys) to help move air inside the home.

Attic fans: Homes in older times weren’t necessarily built with the installation of an attic fan in mind, but once attic fans became available, it didn’t take long for homeowners to realize the benefits these fans represented. If you purchase an older home, that has the wide front porch and large windows so common on older homes, you have the perfect setup to take advantage of whole house fans that draw cool air in through lower floor windows while expelling hot air out through vents in the attic.

The best news is that while central air conditioning poses distinctive design issues when transforming older homes, a whole house fan or smart attic roof-mount fan can be easily incorporated into the existing design of many older homes while providing impressive cooling effects.

You don’t have to have an older home to enjoy the energy-saving benefits of adopting some of these tips when designing and building a home of your own. Finding alternative methods for keeping your home cool in the summer reduces the burden on your air conditioning unit and helps keep your summer cooling bills under control.

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Pre-Cool Your Home with a Whole House Fan

Using a whole house fan to precool your home can substantially cut your energy costs this upcoming summer. Whole house fans cost considerably less to operate than home air conditioning units — and they are highly efficient at cooling your home when the temperatures outside dip lower, generally during the night and early morning hours.

Using your whole house fan during times when the temperatures outside are lower, allows you to draw fresh, cool air into your home, while expelling superheated air through vents in your roof, creating a nice comfortable breeze while your family sleeps and creating a nice comfortable environment in your home.

By doing this, your home is sufficiently precooled when the new day begins. Why is this beneficial? A pre-cooled home will stay cooler longer, allowing you to reserve your air conditioner usage until the temperatures in your home begin to become uncomfortable. On some days, you will find that you have done a sufficient job of precooling your home that using your air conditioner at all is unnecessary.

While this isn’t always the case, you can reduce your dependence on higher-costing, less efficient air conditioning in your home to a large degree during spring and summer months if you live in most of the U.S. This is better for your budget and better for the planet in the long run.

Considerations Before Choosing Your Whole House Fan

There are a few differences from one whole house fan to the next so keep these things in mind before you buy your fan, so you can make the choice that is best for you.

What’s the weather like in your location? Are you looking for a whole house fan to help provide year-round comfort while reducing your energy bills or something that can assist your air conditioning in spring and fall months while continuing to rely heavily on your home’s air conditioning during hot humid summer months?

How often do you plan to use your whole house fan for pre-cooling or cooling your home? If this is something you plan to use daily, then it’s important to invest in one that’s built for daily use rather than occasional use.

What types of features are most important to you? There are features that lower the noise level of whole house fans (many of them are extremely quiet today though), automation, and greater energy efficiency – even with whole house fans, some models are more energy efficient than others.

Precooling your home is an excellent choice for creating a home atmosphere that is not only more comfortable for you and your family, but also more cost-effective and energy efficient. Everyone wins!

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Using Interior Shading to Maximize Home Cooling

During the summer, air conditioning can be blissful. However, when you run it nonstop, it’s not so blissful anymore when you get your utility bill. The good news is, by using curtains, blinds and other window treatments, you can lower your energy bills and still keep your home cool. Although exterior shading might be more effective than interior shading, it’s still worth it to block out the rays of the sun from streaming into your home.

Drapes and Curtains
The best form of interior shading is drapes. Try to get your drapes as close to your window or wall as you can. The tighter your curtains or drapes are to your window, the more you’ll prevent solar heat gain. Keep your curtains closed on summer days, especially on the side of your home where the sun streams in.

Venetian Blinds
While not as effective as curtain and drapes, venetian blinds still allow you to reflect the rays of the sun but still let in some air and light.

When you install window shades properly, they’re one of the most effective and simplest ways to save energy. But, to work you need to keep them drawn throughout the day. Try to mount them as close to the glass as you can inside the frame of the window which creates sealed space. Reversible shades that are dark on one side and white on the other allow you to switch them with the seasons. During the summer, you can switch them to their white side to reflect the sun and during the winter, the dark side will absorb it to create warmth.

Roller shades are another option to reflect the sun away from your house; however, you have to draw them fully. This restricts airflow and blocks the natural light.

Honeycomb and cellular fabric reduce solar gain and may even completely eliminate it in some instances. Skylight and window shades are available both in light filtering and blackout options. Neither attracts heat. On the inside, you can choose the color you want.

Blackout shades block incoming heat and light to your room

Light filtering fabrics are good if you’re looking to prevent UV damage and trim heat, but you still want to let some light in

Window Film

Window film keeps the summer hot air out by blocking radiant heat flow and makes the job of your AC unit easier. Window films are particularly beneficial when your home has inexpensive or older windows that don’t block out UV rays or heat very efficiently.

By utilizing exterior and interior shading and using your whole house fan to draw in cool air, you can help to maximize your home’s cooling.

Using Exterior Shading to Maximize Home Cooling

A good way to block the sun’s heat from your home is with strategic shading. You can block the sunlight from entering your windows with exterior shades, making them more effective.

When you choose your exterior shading, remember that you’ll likely need to remove them when the cold seasons hit and put them back up for the hot seasons. By doing this, you’ll protect them from damage and you’ll be able to benefit from winter heat gain. Here are some tips for keeping cool with exterior shading.

Around 40 percent of unwanted heat entering your house comes through your windows. This makes them a huge source of heat gain. And, as you may know, windows are notorious for poor insulation and air leaks.

It can cost you an arm and a leg to replace your windows with higher-quality storm windows. Also expensive is having to relocate your windows to benefit from passive cooling and solar heat gain. Fortunately, there are ways you can lower your energy bills and still increase the comfort of your home by turning your windows from energy liabilities to energy producers. Some examples include:

Seal air leaks by weatherizing your windows with weather-stripping and caulk
Install reflective window coatings
Use louvers, overhangs, shutters or vertical fins
Enhance cross-ventilation and air movement by positioning windows on opposite walls

Reduce solar heat gain with window awnings on south-facing windows by up to 65 percent and on west-facing windows by 77 percent. Select awnings that are lighter in color so they reflect more sunlight.

Exterior Roller Blinds
These blinds are typically made of steel, wood, vinyl or aluminum. You mount them above your windows and side channels guide them when you raise and lower them. Lowering the blinds completely provides shade. Partially raising them lets some daylight and air in through your windows.

Shutters provide security, ventilation, storm protection and shading all in one device. You have to integrate exterior shutters into the architecture of your home. Mounting, hinging and drainage need special consideration, but in new construction, it’s simpler to address these design issues.

Keep cool by using any of these strategies or all of them. Even if you do use your AC unit, you can still help cut back on the energy costs of using your AC unit by also using these strategies. Sometimes you need to supplement exterior cooling with interior cooling like indoor blinds, insulation and interior shutters.. In addition, a whole house fan can do wonders for keeping your house cool by pulling hot air out of your home

Vines to Cool Your Home

When trying to live through another stifling hot summer, chances are not only are you trying to stay cool, but you’re also trying to reduce your energy bills. Sure, trees are a great way to shade your home and keep it cool, but what if your tree is just a sapling? What if you don’t have enough room for your tree between your home and your neighbors? The answer – plant a vertical garden of vines. Vines are low-tech, easy to plant and lead to lower energy costs.

Now that spring has officially arrived, you might be interested in planting some vines to help cool your home. Here are some considerations to take before you plant your vine garden.

Aesthetic Appeal
When choosing your vines, there are dozens of types to consider. Some are fragrant and will provide you with a pleasant aroma outside your windows. Others have colorful flowers and large leaves. You can even plant them to provide you with food (vines with beans or grapes). All of them, however, offer the perfect nesting area and cover for birds and nectar sources for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Provides Shade
Since vines grow quickly and provide insulation and shade, you’ll be saving on your energy bills in no time. If you plant your vines on the west- or south-facing walls of your home, you’ll shield the sun from your home and lower the temperatures inside it. Even an arbor covered in vine can provide you with a cool retreat from the summer heat.

Explore Annual Vines
If you’re only looking to see how well the vines work in shading and cooling your home, try some annual vines such as mandevilla or moonflowers. These are tropical plants that grow fast and really hold up to the hot summer months.

Learn their Growing Pattern
Before you start planting your vines, ensure you know how they grow. This will help you build the proper support for your vines. Some vines like the morning glory, twist their growing tips thin and narrow support as they reach their height. Others like the Virginia creeper have rootlets that work similar to a suction cup where they hold the vine directly into a wooden or brick structure.

Before you plant your vine, be sure you provide it with the “support” it needs such as a sturdy trellis. A trellis supports the growth of your vine so it doesn’t endure damage. Use biodegradable netting or sturdy twine that you tie to the porch or eaves of your home and attach the plant to. Long sticks or bamboo canes work well too, but make sure you attach them to your house so they don’t collapse or tip over during a storm.

Other Options to Cool Your Home
Along with your shading vines, why not try other ways of cooling down your home. A good way is by using a whole house fan that blows out the hot, stuffy indoor air of your home and draws in the cool air in evenings. Whole house fans are so efficient that once you draw in that cool evening air, you can keep your home shut the next day and it will stay cool.