When summer arrives and brings scorching temperatures, you may be tempted to turn up your air conditioning to avoid the heat. Unfortunately, doing this can hurt your wallet, especially if you have long summer months.
This year you can beat the heat with these five cost-effective home cooling tips.
First: Stay Low
For anyone who has a home that has multiple stories, one of the easiest ways to stay cooler is by staying low when the sun is scorching.
Heat rises, and this means that the higher you go in your home, the more uncomfortable you’ll end up.
If you have a comfortable basement, enjoy time down there rather than the main story or upper rooms. You may have to make some adjustments by moving a TV or work area, but it’s well worth it when you’re trying to stay cool on the cheap.
If it’s possible sleep downstairs as well. If you can’t, even pulling your mattress off of the bed frame and onto the floor can give you a tad bit of relief from the summer heat.
Second: Blackout Curtains or Keep Your Curtains Closed
When the sun is at its hottest, it’s most likely pouring in through your windows and heating up your home to uncomfortable levels.
To combat this, you always want to keep your curtains closed when the sun is beating through the windows.
You can also invest in blackout curtains, and if your curtains have a white plastic backing, they can reduce the amount of heat that comes into your home by up to 33%.
This simple tip will keep your home cooler throughout the day, and you can always reopen them at dusk.
Third: Use a Window Air Conditioner
Today, many people have central air conditioning, and they may be tempted to use it when the summer months come around.
However, running your central AC can easily cost you between $100 and $200 per month, and this can quickly add up if you live in a climate with longer summer months.
A smarter choice to stay cool is using a window air conditioning unit. This helps save money by not cooling areas of your home that you don’t normally use.
Window AC units average about $20 and $30 per month to operate.
If you can only afford to buy one window air conditioner right now, consider placing it in a location that has doorway access to other rooms. A good example is a living room.
If you leave the doors open, the cold air will circulate to these other areas of the house and keep them cool at a fraction of the cost of a central ac unit.
If you tend to stay in areas that are not connected, like a basement downstairs and a bedroom upstairs, you may want to invest in more than one window ac unit.
There are many brands of window air conditioners available for purchase these days. Some are good and some are bad. Home Air Quality Guides does a good job of explaining what to look for in a good window ac unit here https://homeairguides.com/air-cooling/choosing-the-best-window-ac-unit-for-your-home/.
Fourth: Switch Out Your Light Bulbs
In recent years, that has been a big push to switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to the more energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs.
If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to convert your light bulbs to these options to cut down on cost and on the heat levels.
Your traditional incandescent bulbs waste up to 90% of the energy they use every time you turn them on.
This is bad news for anyone trying to beat the heat because this wasted energy converts to heat. Your home’s internal temperature will rise more and more the longer you use your traditional bulbs.
Fifth: Turn on Your Fans
Your bathroom and kitchen are most likely equipped with exhaust fans. If they are, you can turn them on even you’re not cooking or in the shower.
While these fans are made to pull smoke and hot steam away from your stove and bathroom and deposit it outside of your home, their also great for sucking out hot air during the summer months.
Turning on your exhaust fans has a three-fold effect: your home will be cooler, it’ll also help cut down on mold and mildew, and cooking odors.
These five tips are just small sample of easy ways to help you cool down your home during the scorching summer months.
They can also work to save you money, and ensure that you’re comfortable in your home all year long. So, give them a try!