As the summer heat starts to intensify, homeowners might be trying to find ways to keep cool without breaking the bank.
How to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer
Here is a list of things you can do to make sure that you stay cool during the summer:
With less moisture in the air, your air conditioner runs more efficiently, using less energy and saving you money. It also helps reduce odor and protects from mold.
Turn off lights when not in use
Light bulbs produce heat, especially incandescent ones. Minimize their usage and switch to more energy-efficient bulbs to reduce cost.
Shade your south-facing windows
The southern-facing side of your house absorbs the sun’s heat energy the most. Energy-efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades, and films can reduce heat gain when temperatures rise, reducing energy costs.
Rearrange furniture so that you aren’t blocking any AC vents
Blocked vents will slow down the cooling of your house and lead to higher energy use.
Use ceiling fans
Running a ceiling fan counterclockwise creates a breeze that makes your home feel cool, allowing you to lower your thermostat settings and your cooling costs.
Use a clothesline instead of your dryer
Make the best use of summer heat by drying your clothes outside. It will save you a ton of money in energy costs during the summer.
Always use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
Along with the heat from showering and cooking, these exhaust fans will also draw out the heat from other rooms nearby.
Open windows at night
During the summer, nights tend to be much cooler than the day. Make the most of this by opening the windows before sleeping.
Clean your ducts every year
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Cleaning your ducts from dirt and debris helps ensure your cooling system runs efficiently all summer long.
Have yearly preventable maintenance performed on your air conditioner
Keep cool all summer long with A. Borrelli Mechanical air conditioning service! Schedule a preventative maintenance or startup of your home's cooling system to ensure it run optimally all summer long.