Cooling Your House In 5 Easy (And Natural) Ways
June 26th, 2014 by admin
The brutal heat of the summer months can sometimes be unbearable. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that every degree below 78 degrees on your thermostat adds 8 percent to your overall air conditioning bill. So before you crank up your AC unit, try some of these natural ways to cool your house and save some money. You may be surprised at how helpful and easy these habits are at cooling your home (and how you may have been doing some of these already without even knowing it)!
1. Landscaping/Vegetation: Rows of very leafy trees or dense shrubs outside of your home where you receive the most sunlight can actually channel air to your open windows. As the breeze travels through the vegetation, their shade cools down the air before it enters your home. According to the USDA Forest Service, properly placed trees can reduce your air conditioning costs by up to 30 percent. You can even use vegetation to shade your AC unit, promising cooler air for your home.
2. Natural Ventilation: Use a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioning. People can typically tolerate higher temperatures when air is moving, so you can be comfortable with your thermostat set to a higher degree. You can actually turn your ceiling fan to the downward setting, which moves airflow in a counterclockwise position. The higher the speed, the more significant the cooling affect will feel. (Only have ceiling fans on when someone is in the room. The moving air does not necessarily cool the room like an AC unit does, but it is meant to cool the people in the room.)
3. Utilize Your Blinds and Curtains: Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the day to keep the sunlight out of your home. This will reduce the amount of heat that is getting into your house while you aren’t there. White reflective blinds will be the most effective at this method.
4. Utilize Your Windows: If you are going to have your windows open during the day, you should make sure that you have some preventive measure to ensure they are not actually causing your home to be warmer than it should be. If you don’t have cross-ventilation or vegetation outside the windows to cool down the breeze entering your home, it is better to keep your windows closed during the hottest parts of the day. At night, however, you should open your windows because that is when it is the coolest.
5. Turn Off All Heat Sources: Keep your lights off as much as possible (especially if you are not in the room or not at home). When not being used, you should also turn off your computers and television sets because they give off a lot of extra, unwanted heat. Also, use your oven and stoves as infrequently as possible, because those will also heat up your kitchen and house fairly quickly.
Keeping your home cool with these natural and easy ways can save on costs, but for more expert help, contact us at JK Mechanical where we have been serving you since 1979.