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Your NW Valley Home: Beat the Heat with Energy Efficiency

Ron Palmer

I have lived in the northwest valley for over 20 years and love it here! Even the summers- well, most of it! I graduated from the University of N...

I have lived in the northwest valley for over 20 years and love it here! Even the summers- well, most of it! I graduated from the University of N...

Jun 10 1 minutes read

Introduction to Sun-drenched Summers

As residents of the Northwest Valley, including Glendale and its environs, we're no strangers to the relentless sun and the challenge of keeping our homes comfortably cool without sending our energy bills sky-high. The key to achieving that balance? A savvy approach to energy efficiency as the mercury rises. Let's navigate through the specifics of cooling your home effectively, with a local twist.

1. Seal the Deal Against Leaks

Before the summer turns your home into a makeshift oven, inspect for air leaks. Common culprits include aged weather-stripping around doors and untight windows - especially prevalent in older homes across Historic Downtown Glendale. Sealing these leaks keeps the cool in and the heat out, striking first in your battle against energy loss.

2. Insulate, Then Celebrate

The tales of insulation being solely a winter ally are greatly exaggerated. Proper insulation, particularly in our sun-beaten attics common in Arrowhead Ranch homes, acts as your thermal barrier against heat invasion. Upgrading attic insulation can shield your living spaces from the sun’s overhead assault, making your home a fortress of coolness.

3. Appliance Revolution: Energy Efficiency

Antiquated appliances are energy vampires. If your home's appliances seem to have been around since the Glendale's Beet Sugar Factory was operational, it's time to upgrade to ENERGY STAR-certified champions. These modern marvels sip electricity rather than guzzle it, providing relief to both the planet and your wallet.

4. Natural Ventilation: Mother Nature’s A/C

Embrace the desert's cool evening gift by mastering the art of natural ventilation. Opening windows post-sunset invites a breeze, purging accumulated heat. In our valley, homes near Thunderbird Conservation Park can particularly benefit from the area's natural airflow, giving your air conditioning a well-deserved breather.

5. Win with Window Treatments

High noon in the Northwest Valley can feel like staring into the arc reactor of Iron Man, especially if your home has large, sun-facing windows. Light-colored blinds or curtains can reflect rather than absorb this relentless energy, acting as your home’s very own superhero shield against solar invasion.

6. The Right Degree of Cool

A programmable thermostat, when used wisely, is akin to wielding Thor's hammer for your energy bill. Setting your thermostat to a balmy 78°F (Yes, that’s considered cool here) during peak hours can save you heaps on cooling costs, especially in sprawling ranch-style homes dotting our local communities.


Our HVAC systems battle on the front lines against the thermal onslaught. Regular maintenance is the unsung hero of energy efficiency, ensuring your system operates at peak performance. And in the land of dust and cacti, changing out air filters routinely isn't just good practice—it's essential.

8. A Clear View on Energy-Efficient Windows

Upgrading to energy-efficient windows can feel like stepping from a 1960s sitcom into the future of home comfort. With technologies like low-E coatings, these windows significantly cut down on thermal transfer, a boon for any Northwest Valley home from Peoria to Surprise, keeping interiors serene in spite of the sun's siege.

9. Fan the Flames of Efficiency

Installing ceiling fans is like drafting your personal summer breeze. Set to spin counterclockwise, they create an airy chill that’s particularly effective in high-ceilinged rooms favored in local architectural styles. This gentle circulation makes 78°F feel like the Arctic—minus the polar bears.

10. Landscape to Your Advantage

Strategic landscaping is not just about curb appeal—it's a cool shield. Planting shade trees to the west and south of your property can significantly reduce indoor temperatures. Plus, let's be honest, having a backyard oasis to retire to after a long day adds a slice of paradise in our desert locale.

Energy Efficiency: The Northwest Valley Way

Keeping your home cool and energy-efficient amid the scorching summers of the Northwest Valley necessitates a blend of modern technology and time-honored wisdom. From upgraded appliances to strategic tree planting, each step not only contributes to a cooler, more comfortable home but also aligns with our community’s values of sustainability and smart living. This summer, let's pledge to keep our homes and our valley vibrantly cool and eco-friendly.

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