Hot, sticky, sweaty days are what lies ahead in the coming months. The desire for a cool and comfortable escape from the summer heat can leave us with high air conditioning bills. However, there are ways to keep your house cool in the summer which will keep your energy bill low and prevent overuse of your AC unit.
Here are some tips to keep you cool at home this summer:
- Reduce Moisture!
Did you know that when there is excess humidity in the air, our body’s ability to cool itself through perspiration is inhibited? One of the ways an air conditioner makes us feel cooler is by reducing the amount of moisture in the air. If you have exhaust fans in your bathroom, use them! The bathroom and kitchen are two rooms that accumulate the most moisture. By using the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen you can reduce the amount of moisture. Another way to reduce moisture in your bathroom is by taking colder, shorter showers. Reducing the moisture, will help your body work properly to cool itself and you won’t have to rely on your air conditioner as much.
Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy efficient way to cool a home. On breezy days, you can open some of the windows in your home to create ventilation. In South Florida, it may be too hot to use this tip during the day, but it’s definitely worth a try at night.
Another great alternative are fans that you can move from room to room—just remember that fans cool people not rooms, so turn them off when you leave the room. If you have ceiling fans, use them! A ceiling fan can provide cooling even during the hottest days. If it is too hot during the day, take advantage of this alternative at night. Ceiling fans can allow you to raise your thermostat 4 degrees without impacting your comfort level.
- Annual Maintenance!
I know, I know. The air conditioning unit is not something we really consider to need routine maintenance. However, you wouldn’t want this unit to randomly stop working on you in the middle of the July heat! Routine maintenance will assure you of any potential problems and in the end could save you hundreds or thousands.
- Technology & Environmentally Friendly Options!
Installing a programmable thermostat can help you set it to specific temperatures at specific times of the day. It could help save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs per year! Installing energy-efficient window coverings that allow natural light in and prevent solar heat gain is another way to reduce that energy bill while keeping your house cool. Buying an ENERGY-STAR Qualified air conditioning unit is up to 15% more efficient than standard models.
As you can see, there are various ways to keep your costs low and your air conditioner’s usage low, while still keeping your cool this summer. One other quick tip that may take some getting accustomed to is simply turning the thermostat up when you leave your house. It’s going to get hot this summer, so take advantage of these tips and contact Fahrenheit AC for professionals that will keep you cool!