Tips to Stay Cool
With a heat wave forecasted for the remainder of this week, we figured it was the perfect time to post about some ways to keep your utility bill from spiking along with the temps.
Air conditioning isn’t the only way to keep your home cooler in the summer heat. Before you put your unit on overdrive, try these tips:
- Keep the curtains and blinds closed during the day, especially on windows facing east, west, and south. Preventing sunlight from warming the interior of your home can go a long way in reducing heat build-up that you’d have to combat later.
- Know when to open up windows. The Natural Resources Defense Council advocates for turning off the AC and opening the windows when outdoor temperatures dip below 70 degrees.
- Avoid covering floor vents with furniture or hanging drapes, as they’ll block air from cooling the room. Do block the vents in unused rooms though, so that you aren’t cooling an empty space.
- Utilize ceiling fans to create airflow. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, fans use 10 percent of the energy consumed by AC and can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler.
- Install LED bulbs in your light fixtures. LED bulbs use less energy, and thus they don’t put off as much heat as incandescent bulbs.
- Minimize the use of household appliances. Opt for outdoor grilling or meals that don't require cooking. Also use washers, dryers and dishwashers at night when it’s cooler.
- Check your AC unit outside to keep it free of debris or anything that would limit its access to air.
- Remember to clean or check the AC filter once a month, as buildup will restrict airflow, making it less efficient.