Summer is here and the weather is heating up. Air conditioning helps keep your home comfortable by lowering the temperature and reducing humidity, but running the A/C constantly isn’t great for your wallet. Here are a few ways to cool your home efficiently during the warmer months.
Cool Your Home Efficiently with Ceiling Fans
The ceiling fan helps to move air and cool your home. Before putting fans to use, clean them well. Clean the fixture and wipe down the fan blades to prevent dust and debris from circulating through the air. Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise in the summer so they’ll push cooler air down into the room.
Seal Windows and Doors
To improve energy efficiency, make sure there is no air flow around doors or windows. Use caulk to fill in gaps that allow for air exchange between indoors and outdoors. Weather-sealing strips can be used to further improve efficiency.
Close the Blinds to Cool Your Home Efficiently
The sun’s rays can heat up your home, causing your A/C to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Close the curtain or blinds during the day to help manage the indoor temperature.
Use Appliances Wisely
Our household appliances generate heat when they are in use. If you can make it work with your schedule, only use appliances in the evenings. During the day, the dishwasher and laundry machines will contribute to humidity and warmer indoor temperatures. Wait until it’s cooler in the evenings before using these appliances and always run them with a full load for maximum efficiency.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Easy to install and easy to use, a programmable thermostat can be set to manage the temperature of your home, even while you’re away. Program it to a higher temperature when no one is going to be home and set it to cool down when you’ll be around. You’ll save on energy bills while still enjoying a comfortable indoor environment.