Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Keeping Cool Without Air-Con: Part 1

The sultry, searing summer will be upon as soon. Temperatures will once again soar and leave us all sticky with sweat. Keep cool in your home -- even sans the air-conditioning. Here are a few tips and tricks you can do with your electronics:

- Incandescent lights are said to waste up to 90 percent of energy in giving off unnecessary heat. Switch to energy-efficient modes of lighting, like LED. It's less costly on your monthly bill and friendlier to the planet, to boot.

- Get your ceiling fans to spin counter-clockwise, which should create a "wind-chill breeze effect" that feels cooler to the skin.

- Install an exhaust fan in the kitchen, which should funnel out heat that comes from cooking and using other kitchen appliances.

- Likewise, you can use several fans to help funnel hot air out of your home. Point them to the windows for about a few minutes each day. At night, position the back of the fans to face the windows so they can pull in the cooler air from outside.

- Use heat-generating appliances less. Common culprits include desktop computers, large-screen televisions, and your oven (baking or roasting chicken may not be the best summer activity -- better save it for when the worst of the heat has passed). 

- As a general rule, don't leave electronics running when not in use. Keep the lights turned off to keep the heat energy indoors at a minimum.

Up next, check out how you can keep cool by using shades, maximizing air flow, and choosing the right material for your couch and bed, in Part 2.




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