With the warmer months here, we all start heading to our thermostats to get that cool air moving. Unfortunately, doing such can raise an energy bill by quite a lot if you’re not careful. If you are looking to be a little bit thriftier with your air conditioning this summer, the following are some quick tips to help keep your bill from spiking too much while still staying cool.
Cook meals outdoors.
Using the stove and oven admit a great deal of heat during and after your meal. The heat that sticks around is great for the winter, but not so pleasant for the summer. Switch out a few meals a week with grilling outdoors and your home’s temperature will thank you.
Clean with heat after the sun goes down.
Examples of this would be doing the laundry or washing dishes. Hot water and the humidity from both activities will raise the temperature of the air around them, unintentionally heating the home. If you can, keep these activities on hold during the warmest parts of day.
Fight off the greenhouse effect.
The sun beating down during the summer can create excess heat in the home. The sun shines through windows and in turn heats the indoors, which is the greenhouse effect. Fight it off by keeping your blinds shut and curtains drawn. If you enjoy having blinds open, only use the windows facing away from the sun.
Add additional shading on the exterior of your home.
We all know that trees and their shade offer significant relief from the sun’s heat. A similar and more immediate effect for your home (rather than waiting years for a newly planted tree to grow) would be to add shaded awnings or weather-proof shutters to the exterior of windows. This will provide extra protection from the outdoors and help the cool air indoors stay cool.
Keep an eye on AC filters.
Extra air filters for the AC unit are imperative to keep on hand. When the filters are clean, the air will flow more efficiently and cool easier. Dirty filters will block some of the air from flowing easily and in turn cause the AC unit to work harder, leading to pricier bills.
Summer is a favorite time of year for many, so don’t let anything get in the way of you enjoying the season. Take extra precaution in your home to stay cool and efficient and your wallet and comfort level will thank you.
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