How do you make your Maine home heat-resistant in the summer?

For as long as anyone can remember, Maine residents have protected their homes from the cold of winter, maximizing the efficiency of their heating systems to keep the cold out where it belongs.

As climate change continues to disrupt the predictability of seasonal weather patterns in the state, an equally important aspect of home maintenance has come into focus: keeping the house cool during increasingly hot summers.

What used to only affect people in more southern regions, Maine residents can now expect temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months, which can be dangerous for many people, especially young children and the elderly. This week, humidity will make much of the state feel like 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, and the heat wave isn't expected to end until Friday.

Emily Burnham is a native Mainer and proud Bangorian. She covers business, arts, restaurants, culture and history in the Bangor area. More from Emily Burnham

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