On the Sunny Side: Hot Tips to Cool Your Home in the Summer
The summer months soon come around again and despite the welcome rise in temperature after a chilly winter, you will quickly find yourself wanting to keep your home a bit cooler when the scorching heat of summer makes an impact.
Here is a look at some ways to keep your cool when the sun is shining without running up a massive electricity bill. It starts with some simple but effective solutions to lower the temperature inside, plus there are tips on keeping running costs as low as possible.
Keep the sunlight out
When you consider that cooling your home in the summer months could account for almost half of your annual costs, it is a no-brainer to try and find some ways to keep the temperature down more naturally.
The most obvious solution would be to do what you can to restrict the amount of sunlight coming into your home in the first place.
If you want a shading solution outside of your property go to this site for more information. You can also arrange to plant some trees and bushes on the east and west sides of your home for some natural shading to complement any bespoke designs you also use.
It will also help if keep your window shades and blinds closed during the day when the sun is at its strongest. If you don’t like the idea of not letting sunlight into your home, a possible solution would be to fit light-coloured curtains, which will let sunlight into your home but without bringing the heat with it.
Making the most of your shading options can slash your A/C costs by as much as 30%.
Keep the cool air in
If you managed to get the temperature just right in the house the last thing you want to do is put all that hard work and cost to waste by letting the cool air escape outside.
Aim to make sure that all of your ducts are properly sealed as this can cut your cooling costs by more than 25% if you manage to identify and seal all the potential leaks. As well as sealing air leaks in your cooling ducts you might also want to weatherstrip your windows and doors.
Lower running costs
If you have done what you can to provide some natural cooling solutions there are also some artificial fixes that are worth considering too, especially if they work out cheaper than running your air conditioning unit at full blast.
Ceiling fans are a viable alternative as they have lower running costs than your air conditioning unit, but remember that ceiling fans don’t actually cool the air, they just spread the cold air around.
A suitable compromise would be to get your room at a nice cool temperature using your A/C unit and then use a ceiling fan to distribute that cool air.
It would also save costs if you make sure you turn off the air conditioning while you are out of the house, as it won’t take long to deliver some cool air when you actually need it.
Keep your cool in more ways than one by using some smart strategies to cool your home without stressing so much about the running costs for your air conditioning unit.
Joel Turnbull can turn his hand to almost any home DIY project. He enjoys writing about homeowner topics in his downtime, when not planning what he’s going to do to his home next!