The weather is finally changing and it’s time to take a look at what your options are to cool it down inside. You don’t want to just run your AC all the time. It’s not only an energy waste but you’re going to pay for it too. Luckily, there are options you can make use of and today, we’re going to share six of our favorite with you. Here are some hot tips for staying cool as we dive deep into summer. To give you an idea of where we’re going, let’s start with some basics you’ll want to use right away. First of all, reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective energy conservation measures. Then make sure you have effective shade coverings for east and west windows. And of course, when possible, try to avoid heat-generating activities such as dish washing and especially baking, until evening on hot days.
Now let’s get to the good stuff.
Keep the heat out. During most of the hot season, do your best to keep the windows and doors closed tight during the day with the suggested window coverings stated above. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
Go with white. White reflects sunlight and heat, so using white window blinds and shades during the hotter months will help to make sure that less heat enters your home. By preventing your home from heating up, you'll stay cooler and also put less stress on the cooling systems reducing your energy bill significantly.
Keep the air moving. Another lower cost way to keep cool in summer is to use a ceiling fan. While a ceiling fan does not lower the warm temperature, it cools you circulating the air more vigorously. Ceiling fans are low in price and consume far less energy than an air conditioner. By using a ceiling fan in an air conditioned room you will be able to set the thermostat higher and still feel comfortable. Since a ceiling fan cools by circulating the air, you need to switch it on only if you are in the room. This will also help reduce your energy bill.
Dryer is better. In hot, humid climates, make sure that the air conditioner you buy will adequately get rid of high humidity. Models with variable or multi-speed blowers are generally best. Try to keep moisture sources out of the house.
Outside measures. Just as white blinds and shades help reflect sunlight and heat away from the windows, a light colored roof will reflect heat away from the roof. This will mean that your home will be significantly cooler over all, in the summer months.
Inside wisdom. Plants absorb both the light and heat from the sun and convert it into energy for growth and cleaning the air. Additionally, during photosynthesis, plants release water into the air, thereby cooling the surrounding air. When you have a lot of plants around your home, they cool the general atmosphere around them, reducing the amount of heat entering your home. Additionally, you can also plant shade giving trees around your home to further reduce the heat reaching it. This will enable you to use nature to keep your home cool in the hot weather.
As you can see, it’s not so complicated. Of course, there are things you’ll need to do, but it won’t take long and the pay-off is worth it. And of course, if you'd like to make a bigger effort, but would rather not cut the extra sweat, talk to us at Unique Home Building and tell us how we can make your summer a cooler one!