Now that the sizzling summer heat is almost upon us, our thoughts turn to keeping our homes cool. For many of us, that means flipping a switch on our air conditioners and letting the equipment do the work to reduce interior humidity and heat.
While it’s almost unheard of that most homeowners don’t have some air conditioning system, there are those brave souls who do not enjoy the benefits of having cold air blow through vents.
For those who opt for air conditioners, the ability to cool your house is simple. For those folks who live through the heat of the summer without an air conditioning unit, there are several things that you can do in your home to keep it reasonably comfortable.
Finding the best method that will cool your home, keep it dry and save on energy bills is an important factor in determining which route you should go that will work the best for you.
Here are different options to choose among to keep your house cool and dry this coming summer season.
Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning is the gold standard of relief from summer heat throughout the entire house. This type of system is usually installed in conjunction with your furnace or air handler. The compressor pumps a chemical called refrigerant through the system which lowers the temperature in the house to keep you cool and comfortable.
Window Air Conditioner
Window air conditioner units are not as functional as central air, but they can still do the trick for fewer renovation costs, but only if you have more than one. These are a single-room unit that consists of a portable box design wedged into place in a window. It’s a completely self-contained unit that includes a condenser, evaporator, thermostat, directional slats and fan to input cool air into the room to reduce the interior temperature.
Keep Your Blinds Closed
This is the simplest advice offered for reducing incoming heat into your home. As noted by the Family Handyman, up to 30 percent of unwanted summertime heat comes from your windows. By utilizing shades and curtains, you can keep the house cooler while saving up to 7 percent on bills. Closing blinds and curtains prevent your home from becoming overheated, especially in the case of south and west facing windows.
One step up from closing your curtains and drapes is to invest in blackout curtains. These curtains block sunlight out completely, naturally insulating the rooms in which they are installed. It is recommended to invest in neutral coloured tones with white backings to repel the sun and reduce heat inside by up to 33 percent.
If you have ceiling fans, now is the time to make the seasonal adjustment to your fans for the oncoming summer months. Many people don’t realize it, but ceiling fans generally have a two rotation system, clockwise and counter-clockwise. Setting your ceiling fan/s to run counter-clockwise at a higher speed will increase the airflow and create a chill breeze effect that helps to keep your home cooler and more comfortable.
Close Off Doors
By closing off doors to unused rooms, this tip will help to keep the house cooler because it prevents cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. In the nighttime, you’ll want to take advantage of the cooler night hours, so letting air flow naturally through the house will help cool it down and set you up for the upcoming morning heat.
Keep Cool This Summer
There are a few more tricks you can use to keep your house cool this summer, like swapping your sheets and turning on bathroom fans, but the above tips are the main highlights. By following some of these suggestions, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable home with less hot, sticky humidity being locked indoors.