The temperatures outside are starting to climb, and you may be trying to find ways to keep your home cool without having to shell out extra dollars on your utility bill. Fortunately, there are many easy and effective ways to keep your family comfortable without having to set your thermostat lower.
1. Install a dehumidifier
One of the simplest things you can do to help keep your home comfortable during hot days is to use a dehumidifier. This device is responsible for removing excess humidity (or moisture) from the air inside your home. Not only does this make your home feel cooler, but it can also help your air conditioner to cycle on less often, helping to reduce your energy bill — and keep more money in your pocket.
There are several different types of dehumidifiers available for homeowners, but all models essentially perform the same function. Most can easily be set up by the average homeowner, but some will require the help of an expert. If you aren’t sure which type is best for your family’s needs, contact a cooling professional for assistance making a buying decision.
2. Strategically plan your meals
Needless to say, firing up your oven to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner will raise the temperature inside your home. If you MUST use your oven to prepare a meal, try to do so in the morning when the temperatures outside haven’t reached their highest point. If possible, avoid the use of your oven altogether on warmer days. Instead, eat lighter meals, such as salads or sandwiches, or use your outdoor grill as an alternative to heating foods with the oven.
3. Be mindful of your window blinds and curtains
While you may enjoy letting sunlight in during the day, this can really heat up the inside of your home. Keep your blinds closed to prevent the sun’s hot rays from shining in, making your family uncomfortable, and causing your air conditioner to work overtime.
4. Check your vents and doors
Many homeowners who complain that certain rooms in their home feel warmer than they should don’t realize that they’ve blocked the cool air that could be flowing from their vents. Check your vents in each room to be sure they’re open and aren’t blocked by rugs, curtains, furniture, etc.
Additionally, close off doors to rooms your family isn’t in. This way, the cool air that’s produced by your air conditioner can be circulated in the areas where you’re spending time.
5. Replace your lights
If you have older incandescent bulbs in your lamps and overhead lighting, they could be giving off a lot of heat when in use. Replace them with fluorescent or LED lights for a more energy-efficient alternative that won’t give off so much warmth.
These tips should help you keep your home cool and comfortable all season long!