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4 Ways to Keep Your House's Temperature Down During the Summer

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:06

A cooler home translates to lower air conditioning bills. It’s possible by slowing the amount of heat that enters and reducing how much you create indoors. Following through with these suggestions doesn’t take a lot of expertise or money, yet they’re effective ways to increase comfort without turning the thermostat down.

Deal with the Windows

If Energy Star or thermal-rated windows aren’t budget items, deal with inefficient windows by shielding them from direct sunshine. Shade screens mounted on the outside of windows block up to 90 percent of the radiant heat from sunshine. If the thermostat sits in or near direct sunshine or experiences a draft from leaking windows, your AC will run more often. Move the thermostat to a cooler, more representative place in your home. You can also reach out to an AC repairman, like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc., for more ways that your AC might get tricked.

Insulate the Attic

It’s a big project, but the most cost-effective way to keep your home’s temperature down without turning down the air conditioner. Attic insulation slows the transfer of heat through the roof and into your ceilings and home. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homes in this region have at least 10 inches in the attic and up to 20 inches to prevent the inevitable movement of heat to cooler temperatures. You can use blown-in or batts and for some, it’s a do-it-yourself project. Even if you use a contractor, it’s still an affordable home improvement that will save your energy dollars for decades.

Cook Outdoors

Why heat up the kitchen when you can use your patio or backyard to cook food? Slow cookers and barbecues can cook just about anything. Solar cookers are another alternative to bake and cook outdoors and use virtually no electricity or fuel. They’re also an affordable do-it-yourself project, or you can find various types online.

Do Laundry Later

Drying laundry generates a fair amount of heat and if you can, put it off until you can do it in the early morning or after the sun sets. Regardless, verify that the dryer exhausts to the outdoors and the lint screen is clean. Both electric and gas dryers create a good deal of hot exhaust gases that are high in humidity, which warm the interior quickly and increase the “feels like” temperature. Ironing also warms your home up and could be a project you can do outside when temperatures are comfortable. Get creative! Look for things that can be done outside the home that would normally warm the area around it.

A natural cooler won’t cost as much to air condition. Increasing insulation and repositioning the thermostat help you get more from your energy dollars when you do need the AC.

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