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Beat the Heat: Main Line's Guide to an Efficient Summer Home

Adam Ferst

It is my sincere (albeit lofty) goal to eliminate all stress and anxiety from each and every real estate transaction in which I am involved...

It is my sincere (albeit lofty) goal to eliminate all stress and anxiety from each and every real estate transaction in which I am involved...

Jun 10 1 minutes read

Introduction to Summer on the Main Line

As we inch closer to the heart of summer on the Main Line, the blend of historical charm and contemporary comfort across towns like Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, and Villanova faces the yearly challenge of beating the heat without breaking the bank. The good news is, with a pinch of preparation and a sprinkle of savvy, you can enjoy a serene, cool home all summer long. Here are ten tips tailored for Main Line residents.

1. Seal the Deal

Before the peak of Main Line summers turn your cool oasis into a hot spot, inspect your home for air leaks. Our historic homes, though beautiful, are notorious for quirky gaps around windows and doors. Use weather-stripping and caulking as cost-effective ways to keep the cool in and the heat out.

2. Insulate and Elevate

The grandeur of our Main Line homes is matched by the need for effective insulation. Don’t let your home's age be a barrier to efficiency. Check the insulation levels in your attic and walls. Upgrading can significantly reduce your home's tendency to invite the summer heat in for an extended stay.

3. Go Green with Appliances

If your household appliances have seen better days, consider switching to ENERGY STAR-certified replacements. This is especially pertinent in our area where homes often come with appliances as aged as their architecture. The right energy-efficient models can lower utility bills and reduce strain on our beloved grid.

4. Natural Breezes, Naturally

Throw open those windows during the cooler moments of early mornings and late evenings for natural ventilation. Our unique position allows for enjoyable breezes, especially if you live nearer to the more open landscapes of the Main Line’s outer areas like Malvern or Paoli.

5. Smart Window Solutions

Our historic and newer homes on the Main Line benefit greatly from light-colored window treatments. They reflect sunlight and reduce solar heat gain, ensuring your home remains a retreat from the searing heat, preserving both your interior's comfort and aesthetic.

6. Thermostat Thoroughfare

Embrace programmable thermostats to keep your cooling needs in line with your lifestyle. Especially in areas like Wayne or Haverford where community and activity patterns might dictate different cooling needs across the day. Setting temperatures around 76-80°F makes for efficient and comfortable summer living.

7. HVAC Harmony

Scheduled maintenance for your HVAC system is not just advisable; it’s a Main Line must-do. The age of many homes here can mean unique challenges for air systems, so keep yours in top condition with regular check-ups and filter changes.

8. Window Wisdom

Energy-efficient windows can be a game-changer for Main Line homes. Whether you are refurbishing a historic gem or updating a modern marvel, low-emissivity windows with insulated frames can play a pivotal role in your home's year-round comfort and energy footprint.

9. Ceiling Fan Cool

Supplementing your A/C with ceiling fans offers a double dose of efficiency and charm, especially with our often high-ceilined rooms. A counterclockwise setting creates a downward airflow, enhancing your comfort without a notable impact on your electricity bills.

10. Shade and Style through Landscaping

Strategically planted trees can turn your property into a lush, shaded paradise, offering natural cooling in addition to aesthetic appeal. Consider the local flora that thrives in areas like Radnor or Berwyn for landscaping that’s both beautiful and beneficial.


Living on the Main Line means enjoying the blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that defines this storied area. By integrating these energy-efficient strategies into your summer routine, you can protect your home's charm and comfort while also forging a path toward sustainability and savings. Let the summer be a time of enjoyment rather than a battle against the heat. With these tailored tips, you're ready to make the most of the season without the sweat over energy bills.

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