Need a little help keeping your home cool this spring and summer without emptying out your bank account? Below are a few tips to get you started!
Reduce Electronics Use
Minimizing activities that generate a fairly large amount of heat such as running an older desktop computer, burning open flames (candles), running a dishwasher, and using hot devices like curling irons or blow dryers. On really hot days it’s advisable to avoid using the oven and use your stovetop sparingly. Instead, use a microwave oven, eat cold meals like salads and sandwiches, or grill outside.
Use Fans & Vents
Fans are great for cooling people by creating a wind chill effect. Just remember that they don’t cool rooms so turn it off when you leave. Use the bathroom fan when you shower or take a bath, to remove the heat and humidity from your home. This is also a safety precaution, as excess heat can cause some people to faint, especially if they are dehydrated. Enclosed laundry rooms can also benefit from ventilation. Turn your attic fan on, these can be set to timers so you can put it on for an hour before bed and your upper level will be more comfortable when you hit the hay.
Use the Thermostat Sparingly
When you are away, set your thermostat to a lower temperature than you would be comfortable in. Don’t worry about your pets, they will naturally retreat to the coolest areas of the house. When you turn your A/C on or turn it back up when you return home, avoid setting it to a colder setting than normal; it will not cool your home any faster but it will be more expensive.
Use Your Windows
Most climates in the US cool off enough at night that you can turn off your cooling system and open your windows while you sleep. Just remember to shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Installing window coverings like blinds, shades, curtains, or shutters will prevent heat gain through your windows. Keeping blinds and curtains drawn while everyone is out will keep your home (and your pets!) cooler.