While summer might seem like a distant dream to people still stuck in the cold of winter weather, before you know it, the sun is going to be out, the snow is going to be melted, and you’ll be trading your winter weather woes for wishes of a cool breeze to blow in.
If you live in an area that gets very hot summers, you likely have a house and car fitted with an air conditioner to help keep things cool. But if you’re looking to save money by not running your a/c so much, or you don’t have an air conditioning system to rely on, you’ve got to get creative when it comes to keeping the temperatures low.
To help you in doing this, here are three inexpensive ways to keep your home cooler when it’s hot outside:
Use The Right Window Treatments
The way you use, or don’t use, your windows can have a big impact on how much heat gets trapped inside your home and how high the temperature rises.
Ideally, you should try to use the right window treatments on your windows so that you can block out the sun when it’s bright and sunny outside and then easily slide those window treatments out of the way when the air cools off and you want to let some of that into your house.
For best results, Samantha Toscano and Suzy Strutner, contributors to the Huffington Post, recommend that you choose window treatments like blackout curtains so that you can keep essentially all of the sunlight out of your room and reduce the temperature to the maximum amount.
Add More Insulation
Another thing you can try to keep the heat out of your home and maintain the cooler temperatures you’ve been able to get on the inside is to add more insulation to your home.
When your home is properly insulated, you won’t have as much air being passed through your space into the air outside. Insulation can be added by actually installing more insulation in the attic or walls of your home, by sealing your doors and windows more effectively, or, according to Melina Gillies, a contributor to the Family Handyman, by planting foliage on and around your house to act as a shade and barrier.
Keep Appliance Usage To A Minimum
To further keep your energy usage and costs down when it’s hot outside, Alexa Ericson, a contributor to Reader’s Digest Canada, recommends that you keep your usage of your appliances for once the sun has gone down. By doing this, the radiant heat coming off of these appliances won’t heat up your home as much and you’ll be using these appliances when there’s less strain on your overall electrical system, which can further save you money.
If you’re wanting to save money while keeping your home cool in the summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you accomplish both of these objectives.
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