Seven Tips To Make Your Home Cool For the Summer
Climate control is the largest energy expense of a typical U.S. home. Summer in Oklahoma does not have to mean switching on the air conditioning and watching your energy bill skyrocket or cringing over your carbon footprint.
Here are some small and moderate energy-saving changes you can make that translate to long-term savings:
- Filter Maintenance - Replace the filters for your heating and cooling system on a regular basis to increase the efficiency of the units. The general recommendation is to replace disposable filters about once a month.
- Close Out The Rays - On hot days, keep your doors, windows, and shades closed until it's cooler outside.
- Specifically, they should be turned up at night and when no one is home. In most homes, about 2% of the air bill will be saved for each degree that the thermostat is raised for at least eight hours each day.
- Circulate The Air - Install ceiling fans or if you already have them, dust those blades and make sure they are set to circulate in the right direction to cool the air (counter-clockwise in the summer). It's a widely known fact that using a ceiling fan can help you feel up to 5 degrees cooler. If you have a room that can't seem to stay cool, an investment in a small box or oscillating fan may be a worthwhile addition to personal cooling.
- Improve Your Insulation - Good insulation lowers the amount of heat exchanged through the walls, attic, and roof of your home. Heat rises, so proper insulation in your roof and attic is especially important when it comes to keeping that expensive cool air inside. Contact a local professional to perform a free insulation inspection to ensure that your attic has the right amount of insulation.
- Keep Vents Unblocked - You can vacuum dust and any debris away from indoor supply vents to help maintain steady airflow from your system. Also, keep items like blinds, furniture and toys away from blocking the vents.
- Consider An Attic Fan - A solar attic fan decreases the hot air trapped in the space, making the home easier to cool and can decrease your home cooling bill by up to 10% a year.
Applying these tips will do more than save you money: it will make your HVAC more effective, which will help make your home a more comfortable and inviting place to live for everyone.
Information provided by Red River Roofing