The peak of the summer is here and using your air conditioner is absolutely necessary to survive the day. However, it comes with a price. Keeping your house cool is isn’t cheap and many homeowners cringe at the thought of opening their energy bill every month.
Some homeowners even compromise their comfort and keep their house at higher temperatures than what is tolerable just to avoid a hefty bill. No one can negotiable energy prices with the electric company but there are alternative solutions to feeling hot and sweaty inside your home. In this article, we will discuss what you need to know in order to keep your house cool during the summer without breaking your bank account.
There are many tasks that you can implement into your home to keep it cooler without having to feel uncomfortable. The first and most important task that you should do before each summer is to tune up your air conditioning unit. As much as you might ask, “why would I want to spend the money?”, this investment of the maintenance of your cooling system will actually make it run more efficiently. Any device that runs more efficiently means that it runs more economically. It uses less energy to produce better results. Even if you didn’t get a tune-up before summer, you should still get one on an annual basis. We are now in the middle of the summer and you will be able to enjoy reduced cooling costs for the remainder of the season. Furthermore, be sure to do the DIY maintenance of your system. This means, be sure that
- you don’t block air vents
- use fans to your advantage
- keep registers and air vents clean and clear from dirt and debris
- change your air conditioner’s filters
- keep your outdoor unit free and clear of vegetation.
There are other activities that you can do around the house to further reduce cooling costs. These tasks will help keep you cool and they don’t cost a penny. In the following article by NEA, they discuss some useful tips that you can follow:
Avoid heat buildup during the day. Whenever the outdoor temperature exceeds the temperature inside your home, try to eschew activities that generate a lot of heat, such as cooking on the stovetop and using the dishwasher or clothes dryer. Instead, Kielich suggests microwaving food or grilling it outside, washing dishes by hand and letting them air-dry and hanging clothes on a clothesline. Or, “Try to save these activities until after dark when temperatures have dropped,” says Kweller. And if you must bathe during the heat of the day, always use the bathroom exhaust fan to spot-ventilate and remove excess heat and humidity. Computers, stereos and TVs are also big heat-generators. By simple avoidance, you’ll be save money on electricity—and what it would cost to make that AC work overtime.
Close curtains, blinds and shades. Whatever your treatments, you’ll see significant savings if you work to prevent solar heat gain by keeping them drawn all day. “When completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%,” says Kielich. Try to use light-colored treatments: The lighter the hue, the more they’ll deflect the sun’s scorching rays. Hang shades as close to windowpanes as possible, as this enables them to also block outdoor heat from radiating inside. Consider insulated and/or reflective shades, which will also save you money come heating season.
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There are many other ways to keep cool in the summer indoors without having to crank your AC. In the following video, they share ways that you can use to stay comfortable this summer and beat the heat: