Did you know that heating and air conditioning accounts for about half of your home’s total energy bill? While smart thermostat programming and regular tune-ups can significantly lower your air conditioning costs, another big way to cut cooling costs is by giving your air conditioner a break.
If it’s not that hot out, consider leaving the air conditioner off and using some of these alternative cooling methods.
9 Alternative Ways to Cool Your Home
1. Use Your Doors
If you’re using your AC in the hottest time of the day, consider closing the doors of the rooms you’re cooling. This should seal the cool air in and prevent the outside temperature from affecting the coolness level in those rooms. Come night time, take advantage of the natural coolness of the air by letting your doors stay open.
2. Curtains and Blinds
Approximately 30% of unwanted heat comes in through your windows. Keeping curtains and blinds closed is a simple trick that most of us forget. You can reduce heat gain with both interior and exterior window treatments. Be strategic in which window coverings are opened and which are closed.
Follow this tip especially for windows that are facing east or west and you’ll discover that it’s a very helpful way to cut down on energy costs while maintaining comfort inside your home.
3. Use Fans
We have mentioned how you can use fans and air conditioning to save money and energy in a previous blog. Installing and using fans will help circulate cool air inside your house and maximize the use of your AC. You can also try placing a large mixing bowl filled with ice in front of your fan. That should deliver cool air that will make you feel as if you’re using the air conditioning system.
4. Ceiling Fans Should Rotate Counter-Clockwise
Generate cool air from your ceiling fans by setting it to rotate counter clockwise in the summer. Also, make sure the fan setting is on high. Don’t forget to flip the switch back when winter comes to reverse the blade direction.
5. Linen Choices
Choosing the right linens may not sound like a way to cool down but it actually is. During summer or hotter months of the year, use cotton linens. They allow air to breathe thus keep you cool while you’re in bed. Fleece blankets and flannel sheets, meanwhile, are great for keeping you warm so save them for the winter months. You can also consider putting your the sheets in the freezer. We have heard of people who put clothes and linens in the freezer when they are suffering from the heat.
6. Use Your Exhaust
Use your exhaust fan while cooking or taking a warm shower to reduce heat and humidity gain in your kitchen and bathroom.
7. Let the Night Air In
The temperature drops down at night. So during summer when it’s extremely hot, take advantage of the cool night air by keeping your windows open. Enjoy the fresh air and ventilation while cutting energy costs. You may also put your fans strategically to make the cool breeze flow throughout the room.
8. Avoid Hot Activities
Avoid hot activities during the day, such as cooking, baking, and laundry. Wait until the evening to run the dryer, oven, or any other warm activity.
9. Lights Play a Role Too
Incandescent lights emit heat, so consider switching to LEDs. Aside from emitting less heat, LEDs also use a lot less energy and last a lot longer. While the upfront costs are higher, the long-term savings make it a smart switch!
Hopefully, these alternative cooling methods help you stay cool while cutting energy consumption.
If you have any questions about your air conditioning system or how to keep cool while cutting costs, don’t hesitate to Ask a Champion.
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