In some areas of the country it is an absolute necessity to have an air conditioner. But in other areas, for example in the Rocky Mountain Regions, it takes a bit of coolness and effort to stay cool indoors. Whether your home is equipped with AC power or not, here are some things you can do to keep your spaces cooler this summer.
Get an energy analysis: The poor insulation, spaces, cracks and outdated windows that let all the cold air into your home in the winter also let in too much heat in the summer. Improving your home insulation or buying energy efficient elements can go a long way toward keeping your spaces cool. Some tool companies offer free energy viewing; You can also hire a professional or do it yourself. Go to energy.gov for resources and learn more.
Minimize light: Close the blinds and windows during the day to prevent hot air from entering. If you want to maximize the effect, you can buy blackout curtains or thicker window coverings.
Skip the baking projects: Turning on the oven or oven on a hot summer day can make your home uncomfortable for hours afterwards. If you have to bake or cook an exhausted meal, you can try to do it at night or early in the morning.
Grow Proactively: Just as you may seek refuge under an outdoor tree in the sweltering heat, you can use plants to shade your house. Plant trees or shrubs in areas where the sun hits hardest to provide extra shade and a barrier to heat.
Cool down at night: When the sun fades and the temperature drops, take advantage by opening windows to allow the cool air to circulate.
Air Conditioning and Maintenance:
If you rely on air conditioning to keep your home cool, there are things you can do to ensure you use that resource efficiently:
- Replace filters regularly: Dirty Filters can affect how your device works and also cause health problems for people in the home.
- Do not go too low: It is tempting to want to keep your home super-cool, especially if it swallows hot outside, but experts say you can save a lot of money on your energy bill by just setting your air conditioning a few degrees higher.
- Increase your AC effects: Keep the nice, cool air circulating by adding a ceiling or fan to the equation and closing the doors to any unused room.
- Let it go: It is not energy efficient to turn the unit on and off or change the temperature all the time. Find a setting you can live with and keep it going.
- Maintain your unit: Make sure your air conditioning units are serviced regularly by a professional at least once a year.
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