The summer season is here and that means fewer days spent outside because of the sweltering heat! And if your home is prone to high heat during the summer season, then consider these practical tips to keep your home comfortable and cool:
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to preset the temperature inside the home at different times of the day. This will save you more energy as opposed to installing a manual thermostat. Some programmable thermostats can be programmed to work on four cycles. The program can be overridden or repeated every day. The more expensive programmable thermostats can be set to control= home temps every day of the week.
Programmable thermostats are very easy to install too. Just remove the old thermostat, unscrew the wires attached to the terminals on the back. Then, reattach the wires on the new thermostat. Screw the new thermostat back on and you’re done. Easy-peasy!
Use CLF for Lighting
If you haven’t switched to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or energy-saving lamps, then summer’s the best time to make that switch. Incandescent bulbs generate more heat than CFLs. And the heat that incandescent bulbs generate can raise the perceived temperature in a space, causing the thermostat to adjust the air temperature. This translates to expensive electric bill and a really uncomfortable home. CLFs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Even better, energy-saving bulbs generate 90% less heat than incandescent bulbs!
Open the Windows
At night when the temperature drops down and it’s less humid, open the windows. Let as much cool air as possible to keep the heat at bay. Then, during the day, close the windows and use shades to minimize heat in the home.
Get a Fan
From a desk fan to a ceiling fan, it doesn’t matter. A fan will efficiently increase air circulation in the home. A fan only costs five cents per hour to operate. It will make any room four to six degrees cooler. You can also use an electric fan together with the air conditioner to dehumidify and disperse the air. When the air becomes drier, it’s less heated.
We recommend installing fans on rooms that get high traffic. These rooms include the kitchen, the living room and the master’s bedroom. You can get motion-detecting switches so the fans will turn on automatically when someone enters the room. Conversely, the fan will shut off once the person leaves the room. This might seem like a pricey investment, but you will save more on energy in the long run!
To keep the room cool at night using a fan, get a whole-house fan instead of a regular desk fan. This unit can be installed in the central hall. When the windows are open at night, the fan will let the cool air in and eliminate hot air through the attic. Even better, whole-house fans are easy to install and utilize very little energy to work.
Did you know that 20% of summer heat enters the home through open windows? Apart from keeping the windows shut at daytime, invest on sunblockers. Sunblockers are curtains or blinds that draw the heat away from the room. With sunblockers, the indoor heat increases by only 1 degree per hour. We recommend installing sunblockers on the west-side area of the home during the day for best results.