5 Ways to Combat Summer’s Heat
After the freezing months of winter, we can’t help but long for the warmth of summer. But when the sun comes out and begins blasting its powerful hot rays, you just can’t help but take cover. Still, even if you’re inside your home, you won’t be able to escape the heat. So, you crank up your air conditioning, praying that your energy bills that season won’t be too costly. But if you use more electricity, naturally, you’ll end up with a higher bill; and Americans spend billions of dollars each year during summer as well as winter as cooling and heating systems are often used during these seasons. As for cranking up your air conditioners, you won’t just be racking up energy bills. You’ll also be adding to global warming. So, what can you do?
There are so many ways to keep the interior of your abode quite cool even when it’s sweltering outside without using your cooling systems overly much. Here are some ideas.
1. Use Your Air Conditioners Efficiently
An air conditioner that’s working efficiently provides better output and will use up less energy. Before using your A/C after the long months of winter, have this checked by a HVAC expert first. He can make sure that your device is working
well. If you’re thinking about buying a new cooling system, consult a professional who can help you figure out what type of A/C is best for your space. He can also verify if your A/C is the right size. Why is size important? If an A/C is too small for an area, this means that it has to work twice as hard in order to cool the space. This means that it will use up more energy too. If an A/C is too big, then you’ll end up with a too costly cooling gadget that’s not allowed to function at its optimum level.
2. Use Heat-Generating Equipment
Wisely Motorized tools, heaters, irons, and other appliances that run on electricity create heat. To make sure that these do not contribute to making your home hotter during the day, use such devices at night. The air is much cooler then. Since stoves generate a lot of heat too, try to microwave your food or maybe use your oven toaster instead. Oven toasters are better options compared with huge ovens as the former produce less heat. It’s also important to turn off electrical gadgets, like fans or air conditioners, when not in use.
3. Use Fans to Improve Ventilation
Ventilation is key to reducing the heat inside your house. Use fans to encourage air to move around. When it’s cooler, like in the early evenings or at night, open your windows to let in some cool air. But when the sun is still hot outside, keep windows closed so that the heat and humidity won’t get inside your home.
4. Plant Trees and Other Vegetation
If you have more plants around your house, you’ll enjoy cleaner and fresher air. Having trees near windows is a good idea too. Trees provide shade from the blistering heat. Because your furniture won’t be on the direct path of the sun’s rays, your sofas, pillows, curtains and other indoor items won’t sustain severe sun rot or sun damage. But make sure that you keep branches trimmed. Pay particular attention to branches near windows or decks on upper floors because burglars can use these branches to gain entry into your home.
5. Use Appropriate Window Treatments
When it’s hot out, you can either use sheer curtains or thermal drapes. Sheer or see-through fabric will let in some heat; yet it will also allow in some fresh air and light. If you have a small room, transparent curtains will help in making your space look much larger. As for thermal drapes, you can still use these even if it’s no longer winter. In addition to keeping out chilly drafts, thermal window treatments can also keep out the heat. So, whether it’s summer or winter, using thermal drapes can help in regulating indoor temperatures.
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The article is by Claire Willows. She writes for Stoneside Blinds and Shades, a company that offers a variety of window treatment choices for modern and traditional homes, as well as offices.
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