Keep your air conditioning bills low this summer!
Shade Your Windows
Sunny windows make air conditioners work two to three times harder, so close curtains on south and west facing windows during the day. Consider installing white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house and create a cooler internal environment. Applying sun control or other reflective films on south facing windows can drastically reduce the effect of the hot sun on the overall temperature of your home.
Check Your Thermostat Setting
If you have an old mercury-vial thermostat or a basic digital model, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. These will allow you to program automatic temperature settings and control the climate of your household’s activity on a daily or weekly basis.
As a simple example example, you can have your thermostat turn off the AC just before you leave the house for work, and turn it on again just before your return at the end of the day. This will provide you with significant cost savings in keeping your home cool and save energy on your cooling costs.
Keep The Sun Out
Thick or insulated walls, shade trees, and window awnings are all useful for making sure that conducted heat doesn’t make it indoors. Most of the sun is going to be hitting your roof, so it is particularly important to make sure your roof is both heavily insulated and highly reflective. Planting a hedge or a row of trees in a strategic place can help funnel cooling winds into your house.
Ceiling fans circulate the air of an entire room, and there are fans for jobs of every size. While they work best with high ceilings, proper placement can greatly enhance the effectiveness of fans at any height and ensure proper airflow and cooler temperatures throughout the house.