When asked this question, your mind may automatically go to your air conditioner and you may think to yourself, if you want your home to be cool, cranking the air conditioner will work. There’s no doubt that that will take care of it, however, you will be banging your head against the wall when you get your electric bill. Running your air conditioner non-stop as a way to keep your home cool is not effective. You are just wasting money. Cooling your home effectively is a combination of things that don’t have anything to do with your air conditioner.
How to Keep Your Home Cool Without the A/C
To keep your air conditioner use and electric bill at a minimum, these tips can help you effectively cool your home:
● Keep your blinds closed and invest in black-out curtains. Keeping your blinds closed helps keep the heat from the sun from entering and heating your home. Black-out curtains completely block the sun out and insulate your home in the process.
● Close off unused rooms. Closing doors to rooms you’re not using will prevent cool air from permeating into these places during the hottest parts of the day.
● Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. Setting your fan to run counterclockwise during the summer will pull the hot air away from you and create a wind-chill breeze effect.
● Focus on your body temperature. Your body may feel warmer than the temperature in the house. You can regulate your body temperature by drinking cool liquids, applying wet cloths to your forehead and wrists, and by wearing sensible clothes.
● Don’t use your oven or stove. Using your oven and stove heats the house up quickly. If you must use either the oven or stove, use them in the morning before the sun rises and brings the heat.
If these small adjustments aren’t enough to effectively cool your home, you can invest in some longer-term solutions before completely relying on your air conditioner. Insulated windows are a good investment. They work like blinds and blackout curtains, just more effectively. Additions like awnings or planting trees outside windows will help shield your home from the sun’s rays and reduce the amount of heat being absorbed into your house. If you have to run your air conditioner frequently, it’s important to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible. Contact Kingwood Air Repair today at (281) 441-4500 to make an appointment to make sure your air conditioning unit is working at the optimal level.