COOLER THAN YOU: HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT
When it comes to keeping cool during the summer without having to break the bank, strategy is key. Despite the general consensus, it is possible to live without your air conditioner being on all the time – people did it hundreds of years ago!
By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to keep cool and comfortable without having to worry about a high energy bill.
- Close Your Windows. Contrary to popular belief, opening windows on a hot summer day will actually make your home warmer, not cooler. Keeping your curtains and blinds closed will also prevent excessive heat from entering your home. Consider installing awnings on your windows as well.
- Use Energy Efficient Fans. As we mentioned earlier, strategy is the most important aspect of keeping cool without having to use your air conditioner. Be strategic with fan placement and what type of fan you use. Make sure your fan is blowing counter-clockwise: In the summer, you should feel a breeze from the air blowing down. When directly in front of you, a stand-alone fan will also keep you cool. It’s important to remember that, while fans cool people, they don’t cool rooms. Turn the fan off when you leave the room.
- Turn the Lights Off. It’s something we often forget to do, but it’s especially important during the summer to turn the lights off when you aren’t using them. Electronics generate excess heat, so turn them off when they’re not being used.
- Plant Trees & Shrubs. Planting deciduous trees on the east and west sides of your home will provide extra shade. Consider planting shrubs near high-heat areas such as air conditioning units, driveways, and walkways.
- Ditch the Oven. It’s pretty obvious, but using your oven or stove during the summer actually makes your house hotter. Trade your casserole dishes for some burgers, and start grilling!
- Maintain Your A/C. Change your air filters frequently and schedule regular tune-ups. With proper A/C maintenance, you can avoid costly repairs.