You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t look forward to the return of summertime. In fact, for those of us who hail from colder parts of the country, summer represents the one window in which we can enjoy outdoor recreation on a consistent basis. However, as any longtime homeowner can attest, there is one notable downside to summer weather – exorbitant cooling costs. The hotter your area gets, the pricier your cooling bills are likely to be.
Fortunately, keeping your living space comfortably cool throughout the summer months doesn’t have to prove prohibitively pricey. With the following tips at your disposal, you can enjoy a cool home without putting a hole in your finances all summer long:
Install Reliable Ceiling Fans
If your home lacks ceiling fans – or your current ceiling fans are in desperate need of an upgrade – there’s no time like the present to get on top of this issue. Dependable ceiling fans can not only complement the efforts of air conditioners and central cooling units, they can sometimes take over for these devices entirely. Installing ceiling fans in key areas of your home can be a great way to circulate cool air throughout the entire residence and turn your humble abode into a refreshing oasis.
To get the most out of your ceiling fans throughout the summer months, set their blades to rotate counterclockwise. If you’re unclear on how to do this – or unclear on if it can even be done with your current fans – consult the proper owner’s manuals or manufacturer websites. This rotation setting will enable the blades to produce a cooling breeze instead of simply circulating hot air, which can be a boon to your summertime cooling efforts.
Additionally, when searching for the right ceiling fan, limit yourself to ones that feature adjustable blade rotation, an assortment of rotating speeds and ease of use.
Open Your Windows at Night
If you live in an area where the temperature drops considerably during the overnight hours, why not use this to your full advantage? Once the sun goes down, simply open your windows and allow your ceiling fans to circulate the cool outdoor air throughout your home. After all, if Mother Nature is providing cool temps free of charge, there’s no reason to continue putting your air conditioning through its paces.
You can also help these temps circulate by installing box fans in numerous windows.
Limit the Amount of Sunlight That Finds its Way into Your Home
While the sun can act as a convenient source of natural light, allowing excessive sunlight into your home stands to increase the temperature during the summer months. With this in mind, make an effort to limit the amount of sunlight that finds its way into your home.
For many households, this is a simple matter of closing curtains and blinds during the daylight hours. Since up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from windows, this small step can be a tremendous boon to your cooling efforts – and your cooling costs.
Be Mindful of Oven Use
Oven use stands to increase the temperature of your home, which can be helpful during the winter months – but unbearable throughout the summer. With this in mind, take care to limit oven usage, particularly during daylight hours. If you absolutely insist on baking, make sure to do so after the sun’s gone down. While this can be inconvenient for some households, limiting oven use can be a blessing in disguise, as it provides families with the perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with their grills.
Furthermore, if your family doesn’t own a grill, being unable to use your oven is a great excuse to finally purchase one.
When you live in an area that’s prone to harsh winters, the arrival of summertime can seem like nothing short of a miracle. After what seems like an eternity of heavy snowfall and icy-cold temps, summer represents the light at the end of a very long tunnel. Still, cooling a home during the summer months can be every bit as financially strenuous as heating a home during the winter months. To help relieve yourself of this financial burden, put the measures discussed above to good use.