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How to Keep Your House Cool and the AC Bill Down

If you live in hot and humid areas, summer can be an especially serious drag. You get sweaty, don’t want to do work around the house, and your electrical bill increases. Don’t get in the dumps over the skyrocketing temperatures; follow these tips to create a cool home without a huge bill.

Keep Sun Out

The sun ultimately produces heat that can enter your house. Let the sun know that is isn’t invited in your house this year by simply blocking it out and in turn you’ll be able to keep your house cooler without raising your air conditioning bill.

The drapes should be closed during the day, especially during the hottest parts of the day. If you aren’t home, make sure the drapes are closed. If you plan on being home, make sure you are aware of what the temperature will be throughout the day and keep the blinds closed as the heat is at its peak. The drapes should also be a lighter color, which will allow the sun to reflect off of the blinds instead of entering into your home.

Awnings are also an option for the exterior of your home. The best place to install the awnings would be the windows that face the south and the east directions. Shutters are another options of something that can be installed to your windows. They offer the flexibility of having something installed on the interior or exterior of the building. Shutters also give you the flexibility of being able to determine how much sunlight you want to let into your home. You can open them slightly or close them completely. Both shutters and awnings can be installed professionally or they can be installed as a do-it-yourself project.

Unplug Appliances You Aren’t Using

Appliances can generate heat and send it throughout your home. It is recommended to turn off appliances that you aren’t using. Some of the highest recommended appliances are computers and televisions. It is also recommended that you don’t use heat or steam generated appliances throughout the hottest time of the day. Instead of using the stove, you can grill outside or make something that doesn’t require a stove. Instead of drying clothes in the dryer, you can hang clothes up and allow the heat outside to dry the clothes.

Increasing Trees Will Decrease AC

Trees being placed directly outside your house can stop some of the sun from shining through into the interior of your house. The best types of trees are the ones that extend their leaves throughout the springtime and the leaves fall down during the autumn. This will ensure that during the cooler months, you don’t cause your heat bill to increase. Ensure that you invest in trees and shrubs that are the appropriate size for your house and the windows that you are trying to block.

Use Your AC To Its Full Potential

Most air conditioning units come with a programming option that people don’t always utilize. It is there for a reason. Program the unit so that it turns off or stays at a higher temperature when you are not home and then turns back on approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour before you plan on returning home. This will allow adequate time for your home to cool down to a comfortable temperature by the time you are home but also not cost you money throughout the day when you aren’t home to require the cooler temperatures. The recommended temperature to set your unit to while you are not home is 78 degrees.

If you programming isn’t working or you want to look into a way to upgrade, you can contact a professional company to help you. This small change alone has the potential to save you between 5 to 15% of your current air conditioning costs. Sometimes using your AC to its fullest potential is as simple as having it tuned up by a professional. You can find professionals who specialize in air conditioner repair in Festus that can come out to your home and tune it up, and often times it is much cheaper than you would expect.

Use Fans Properly

Circulating air throughout your house properly can help cool down the house while still keeping the costs down. Instead of immediately using the air conditioning, try using the natural air from outside with the help of a fan. However, to get the best results there are recommended ways that the fan should be used to help supplement the air from outside. If you live in a multi-level home, the fans should be placed on the top floors and open the windows on the bottom floors. If the house is a ranch level home, the fan should be placed on one side of the house and the windows should be opened on the opposite end of the home.

You can beat the summer heat without breaking the bank. Don’t fret, follow these steps, and before you know it, fall will return and provide you the relief you seek.

 

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