Summer is here! With the rise of outdoor temperatures, home interiors can get hot as well. While it is normal to want to max out the AC on the sweltering days, most people are stuck with the resulting rise in their summer energy bill. There are other ways to combat the heat. Here are 6 tips to keep your home cool and your energy bill low all summer.
One good way of staying cool is controlling the airflow in your home. Closing the doors to the smaller rooms, such as a bedroom or bathroom will prevent the cool air from diverting into these areas during the hottest part of the day. Keeping the bigger rooms, such as the living room or den cooler by comparison. However, remember at night to open those doors back up to allow the air to flow throughout your home.
Consider how shade works. In the hot summer day, being in the shade can feel up to 15 degrees cooler than direct sunlight. In your home, up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. The heat radiates naturally through the glass but closing your blinds has the same effect as the shade outside. It’s a simple way to cool your home down during a heatwave. It will also help reduce your AC bill and lower the temperature.
Switching your bedding once summer hits is another practical way of staying cool. Heavy winter flannel sheets and fleece blankets or comforters are no longer needed for insulation to keep warm. Switch to cotton fabrics which breathe easier and generally feel lighter.
Temperatures drop at night during the summer months. Use these chilly summer nights to keep yourself comfortable by opening the windows before going to bed. Opening the windows and turning on your ceiling fans will allow a cool breeze to flow throughout your home well into the morning.
For a lasting change for seasons to come, insulated window films are an ideal purchase and they function similarly to blinds. Consider adding awnings and planted trees or vines on or in front of light-facing windows. These will shield your home from the sun’s rays and ultimately reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs.
Summer is a fun time of year even with the heat the season brings. Use these tips to save on your energy costs while enjoying the warmest season with your family and friends.