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Keeping it cool...event when it's hot

We're expected to have a couple of days this coming week where the thermometer will be touching 90 or higher and in a city like Boston this weather can be mighty uncomfortable. Living on the second, third, fourth, or 25th floor can be pretty miserable in the heat but we've gathered some tips about air conditioning and other ways to keep cool in the dog days of summer.

1. Air conditioning is wonderful but just be careful when installing units in windows.  Many apartment buildings and condos require that the landlord or condo association approve of your air conditioning units.  Often times you must actually have them install the units if you don't already have central air or some other cooling system.  Make sure to contact whoever necessary to have everything installed properly and before the heat really hits.

2. When you leave for work in the morning close the curtains and draw the shades, and keep all the lights off.  Keeping the beaming sunlight out can make all the difference. Make sure windows and doors are closed tight. Try to keep as much of the cool air in and the heat out. At night after the sun has set and the air cools a bit open up your home again and keep the fresh air circulating.

3. When you're not using your desk top computer shut it down. Computers give off a great deal of heat and shutting them off not only saves energy, it also can make a big difference in smaller spaces when it comes to the tempurature. It's a simple fix that can really affect the temperature.

4. Air conditioning is the most basic thing when it comes to keeping your home cool but try to remember to get an energy efficient unit that will save your electric bill from jumping sky high.

5. Ceiling fans may not always be the prettiest fixture in a home but they do make some stylish ones and they can really help fend off the heat.  Just keeping a slow turning ceiling fan going can cool down a space and create a comforting breeze that keeps the air flow going.

6. Make sure to maintain your air conditioners and keep them clean.  They'll run far more efficiently, costing you less money while keeping your space just a little bit cooler.

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