Around 87 percent of households in the U.S. use air conditioning. Though air conditioning systems cool spaces more effectively than ceiling fans, they also consume more energy.
If high cooling costs are giving you nightmares, you have come to the right place. Here are some tips to cool your home without cranking your A/C.
Control Sunlight in Your Home
Place blinds, curtains, or reflective curtains on your windows. To reduce heat gain, keep windows and blinds closed during the day. This will help reduce warmth. To improve ventilation and air circulation, leave windows open all night.
Remember, the lesser the heat gain, the easier it will be for your air conditioning system to maintain a comfortable home temperature.
Use Energy-efficient Lighting
Traditional incandescent bulbs consume more energy and produce more heat than energy-efficient lighting. Replace them with energy-efficient light bulbs such as halogen incandescents, CFLs, or LEDs. If you cannot replace your incandescent bulbs, minimise their usage.
Consider Cooking Outside
Avoid cooking inside on hot days. Set up a barbecue and cook outside. If this is not an option, try to cook during the coolest time of the day to reduce heat gain. Use your microwave instead of the oven for cooking.
Set Your Ceiling fans to Rotate Counterclockwise
When you set your fans counterclockwise, they push cool air down to the floor (and the warmth to the ceiling). The cool air evaporates perspiration, creating a wind-chill effect.
When you feel cooler, you increase your A/C’s temperature by a degree or a couple of degrees. This can take some of the work stress off your A/C.
Make use of Your Bathroom and Kitchen Exhaust Fans.
Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, in addition to drawing out steam, can also remove heat from other rooms nearby. This simple trick can help reduce your home’s temperature by at least a couple of degrees.
Use your exhaust fans to draw out heat during the warmest part of the day when you are not using your air conditioning system.
Turn-off Appliances That Emit Heat
Avoid using appliances that emit heat during the hottest time of the day. Typical examples include televisions, laptops, tablets, lamps, printers, and kitchen ovens.
If you use these appliances when your air conditioner is in operation, your cooling system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable home temperature. This will increase wear and tear on your system, and your electricity bill will shoot up.
Avoid Using the Dryer to Dry Wet Laundry
Hang your wet laundry on a clothesline instead of using your dryer to dry them as dryers emit too much heat. Besides, line drying will cool the air coming into your home.
Cover Your Furniture With Smooth, White Fabric
This is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to reduce heat gain. White fabric covers will prevent your furniture from retaining too much heat and will also reflect light, helping reduce heat gain.
Plant Shade Trees
Planting trees, vines, or shrubs is a great way to shade your home and add color and beauty to your property. If you want to plant vines and tall shrubs, remember that they require more maintenance in the long term.
A dehumidifier, unlike an air conditioner, does not cool the air, but draws out the humidity from it, helping lower the temperature of the home. A dehumidifier also removes pollutants such as pollen, dust, grime, and pet dander in indoor air. By removing moisture from the air, it helps protect items that can be damaged by it.
Keep Doors Inside Your Home Open
Keep your doors open to allow air to circulate freely through rooms. Better airflow=a cooler home. If a room is cooler than other rooms, keep it closed to prevent the cool air from escaping.
If your house gets too hot, consider a few major upgrades such as re-painting or replacing your old roof with an energy-efficient roof that reflects heat instead of absorbing it. If you are planning to paint your home, consider light colors for your walls that reflect sunlight.
These are very expensive options and should be considered only if:
➢ Your roof has reached the end of its service life or your walls have peeling paint.
➢ Heat creates major problems in your household.
Come up With a Plan to Improve A/C Efficiency
Most households in the country depend on their air conditioning system to cool their home. An inefficient air conditioner is unable to remove heat from the house. Here are some tips to improve A/C efficiency.
Replace Filters at Recommended Intervals
Dirty filters can do more harm than good. They can restrict airflow and cause serious damage. A/Cs with dirty filters are unable to cool properly or do not cool at all. To steer clear of these issues, replace your filters every 1-3 months.
Do Not Place Heat Emitting Appliances Near Your Thermostat
If you place heat-producing appliances such as lamps near your thermostat, it will sense the heat and instruct the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Maintain the Outside Unit
Keep vegetation around your exterior unit trimmed. Clean coils and repair or replace bent fins.
Keep on Top of Maintenance
Have your A/C inspected and maintained by your contractor at least once every year. During a maintenance session, your contractor will look for and fix current and potential problems.
Need air conditioning installation services in Concord? Look no further than Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning. Whether you want to replace your window A/C or are planning to install a central cooling system, our team has you covered. To discuss your project with an HVAC professional, call us at 925-288-1408.