Most people love the summer because it’s a time to have fun in the sun without the worry of school. However, summer isn’t pleasant if you don’t have a cool home retreat when all of your fun is done. Running your AC unit on full blast is expensive, but here are five unexpected ways to keep your home cool this summer that won’t break the bank.
Use Curtains and Blinds to Block Out the Sun
The heat of the sun easily penetrates windows and heats up your home. However, curtains and blinds can help block the sun out. If you’re not already using curtains and blinds, consider adding them to the decor of your home to help with cooling costs. Even some sheer curtains are better than nothing.
Use the Grill Instead of Cooking Inside
It takes hours for your oven to cool down after you use it, and all of that heat escapes into your home. Cooking on your stove also adds heat. To avoid the problem, use the grill instead of cooking inside. People love the taste of barbecue, so you shouldn’t get any complaints about using the grill too much. Plus, cooking on your grill with propane is often less expensive than heating up your oven or cooking food on your stove.
Turn on a Fan to Create a Breeze
A breeze always makes people feel cooler, so create one in your home with a fan. It costs less money than turning on the AC and it still helps to cool your home down. If you’re using a ceiling fan, make sure that it is on high and rotates counter-clockwise during the summer to create a wind-chill. This is something most people don’t know they can adjust.
Get an AC Tune-Up
Another thing you can do to keep your home cool this summer is to make sure your AC unit is running optimally by getting an HVAC tune-up. This costs a lot less money than calling someone out to do a repair. You should also clean out your air ductwork regularly to prevent dust from clogging your AC unit and causing it to be less efficient. Sometimes your fan won’t be enough to keep you cool and you’ll want to make sure your AC isn’t using more power than it has to.
Open Windows in the Early Morning and at Night
Summer mornings and evenings are typically cool enough that you can enjoy the weather. That’s why you should open your windows during these times to let all the cool air inside. Just make sure to close the windows as soon as the sun is in the sky because the temperatures will creep up fast and infiltrate your home.
As you can see, there are all sorts of unexpected ways to keep your home cool in the summer. You don’t have to rely exclusively on your AC unit for temperature control, especially if you’re looking to save on costs.