The heat is unbearable in the summer, which leads us to overuse our utilities to cool ourselves. You can keep your home cool in the summer without having to constantly use the air conditioner and running up your bills. Cooling your house down takes some forethought, research, and some creativity. Using energy more effectively is feasible by applying the tips below.
Open windows at night, the savings from not using your air conditioner are significant. Night air is cooler, the savings from not running the air conditioner at night is significant. Close all windows, and outside doors as soon as the sun starts shining directly into your house. Keep them closed especially during the hottest part of the day. Close off unused rooms to cut off the heat coming out of those rooms.
One tip for conserving energy in the summer is how you use your blinds. Thirty percent of the heat in your home comes from the windows. When you close your blinds, it blocks lower the heat index in your house by twenty percent, and you will save on your energy bill. If you have curtains with backings, use them to your advantage in the summer. We know they keep the air drafts out in the winter, but they also keep out the sun’s heat and rays in the summer. Close your curtains at the hottest point of the day. Any blinds you buy, cuts down on the amount of heat coming into your house. Close them and make sure they come down to the bottom of the window. For example, aluminum blinds reflect the rays from the sun, and keeps your house cooler. Wood, is an awesome barrier against the heat. Additionally, for more protection from the heat of the sun, tint your windows.
Basically, anything you put up to the window will decrease the sun’s intense heat.
Another way to keep your house cool is to remove the heat from your attic. Attics hold a great deal of heat, which drifts down into the rest of the house. This gives a green house effect, especially in hot and humid climates. Remove heat by placing a fan in the attic to blow the heat out. This will cool off the attic, therefore cooling off the rest of the house.
If you plant a tree near your home, this will shade you from the sun. Place a tree in the area which gets the most sun. Usually this is the northern part of the house.
Run your fan on a low-speed to keep a light breeze in a particular area or room. With the lights low, and blinds closed, the room will be much cooler, and the fan adds a constant gentle air flow.
Do not forget to turn off the incandescent lights, because they really heat up a room in addition to the wasted energy.
Using thin sheets instead of heavy flannel sheets, make a huge difference in the way you and your skin feels. Flannel sheets hold heat, while the thin sheets feel much cooler to the touch of the sheet.
These are a few tips to keep your home cool in the summer. Try them and stay cool.