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Helpful tips to stay cool during upcoming heat wave

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Brace yourselves, we’re in for three days of triple-digit temps. A heat wave is on the horizon, but there are a few things you can do to keep cool, without going broke.

Fox 12’s Nora Hart spoke with experts at Falk Hardware True Value in Beaverton, and found out five ways to prep your home for the heat, including a cheap DIY project that can take the edge off the scorching temps.

When temperatures rise, so do AC unit sales.

“Air conditioners, fans, stand-ups, portables all that stuff sells pretty well,” said Justin Van Nuys, Floor Manager at Falk Hardware True Value.

But with so many options, at so many price points, it can make you lose your cool when you’re trying to beat the heat.

Here’s a few expert tips to help you prep your home for the heat wave.

Tip #1: Don’t let the heat in

“Try to keep your doors, windows, blinds - all that kind of stuff shut. Anything to keep the sun and the light out always helps,” Van Nuys told Fox 12.

Van Nuys recommends placing car solar shields, or even tin foil in the windows to reflect the hot sunlight.

Tip #2: Use fans strategically

Van Nuys said one should never put a fan near the window in the heat of the day, that’ll just circulate hot air. Instead, he says wait till it cools down in the evening, then place one fan near the window, and another in the middle of the room.

Tip #3: Weather strip windows and doors

“The weather stripping is good. You can put cardboard up, plexiglass up - anything to minimize airflow coming in or out of the house is key,” Van Nuys advises.

Tip #4: Buy a versatile AC unit

“The most popular are the portables, you can move them around to different rooms,” says Van Nuys.

Tip #5: DIY

If you don’t want to dish out the dough for an AC unit, you can always make one yourself!

“Just a standard size cooler, you put a four inch fan on top, and a couple PVC connectors, fill the cooler with ice and it makes an easy little makeshift air conditioner,” Van Nuys told Fox 12.

Then $20 and 20 minutes later, you’ve got a cheap alternative to reaching for the thermostat.

“It’s not going cool down a big room, but if you have a small room with kids it’s definitely going to help,” Van Nuys said.

If you don’t think you’re up for the job, Falk Hardware True Value says customers can bring in the materials, and they’ll build the AC cooler.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A medium sized Styrofoam cooler
  • A small electric fan (about 4 inches)
  • An “elbow” PVC pipe
  • A drill
  • Bags of ice

Here’s a step-by-step YouTube tutorial if you want to try this DIY project:

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