Thursday, July 31, 2014
The problem with the traditional methods of keeping cool is that they tend to escalate your power bill. Here are a few alternatives to help you keep your home cool and your electrical bill down…
1. Draw the drapes or close the shutters
Blocking out the sun is an efficient way of keeping indoor temperatures down.
2. Open a window at night
Cooling the house off is easier at night. Try placing an inward-facing fan at one window and an outward-facing fan at another window on the opposite side of the house.
This helps create a breeze throughout the home, efficiently cooling your space and keeping your electrical bill down.
3. Clean your air conditioner
Keeping your air conditioner clean keeps it efficient. With regular use, build-up can reduce the unit's overall airflow by one percent per week.
4. Lower the humidity
The saying, “It's not the heat, it's the humidity” has some truth to it: humidity makes it feel warmer than it actually is. Moving indoor plants outside and doing water-intensive chores – such as washing the dishes and doing the laundry in the morning, helps keep down indoor humidity levels.
5. Use your fans properly
Ceiling fans often have a switch to reverse the spin, thus reversing the airflow. In the summer, you want to use the fan to pull hot air up and away from you instead of blowing it down at you. Ceiling fans are also a great energy-efficient way to keep a breeze going throughout the house, even with the windows closed.