It’s no secret that we’re well and truly getting into the warmer months, but when the mercury rises, what steps can you take to make sure your home is as cool as a cucumber?
We all know about cranking the air con or dialling up the fan, but there are other steps you can take to cool down your home and even save you a bit of money on energy bills.
Taking steps to keep your home cool will not only ensure you’re comfortable all summer long, but can also help reduce your energy bills. Here are 13 easy tips to follow.
Limit Your Use of Electronic Devices
Devices such as dishwashers, ovens, lights and even chargers all give off heat. Try to limit your use of these items and switch off ones that you don’t need to use regularly.
Watch the Windows
A lot of heat comes through the windows of your home, which you can reduce by creating a bit of shade. Awnings and strategically planted trees go a long way, as do reflective coatings on your windows.
During the hottest part of the day, keep your windows and curtains/blinds closed, and in the evening open them to release trapped heat. Thin blinds won’t do a lot but thicker curtains certainly go a long way, and also make a big difference in the colder months.
You can’t block out all the heat, so a good way to deflect some is by painting your interior walls white. This also gives your home a nice modern touch.
What colour are your outdoor walls? How about your roof? As white deflects heat, black and other colours absorb it, so if you live in a hot climate lighter shades are going to do you the world of good.
Try Cooking Outdoors
It’s probably not the time for a roast dinner. If you haven’t already, invest in a BBQ, that way you can keep the heat out there, and also enjoy a bit of the outdoors with family and friends.
If you live in a humid climate you’ll know how hard it is to get rid of excess moisture. No one likes being stuck in their own sticky sweat, so consider investing in a dehumidifier.
Here’s a little trick. Stovetop vents and bathroom and laundry fans are there to suck out hot air. If there’s a lot of heat built up in your home it can be a great way to get it out quick.
Insulation is all about putting a barrier between you and the great outdoors. It comes in the form of thick foam as well as foil, and a combination of both can see your energy bills drop by up to 45%.
Air conditioning is great, but using fans can help to supplement some of your energy bills. Try placing fans strategically to push air around the room.
A Cold Towel
Yes, really. It seems like an extreme measure but when the thermometers about to burst, a cold towel over the window goes a long way to reducing a room’s temperature, especially when combined with fans.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Setting your temperature to a nice steady temperature such as 25 degrees will save way more energy than blasting your aircon at 18 degrees for short periods of time.
Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Unit Is Maintained Properly
Make sure to clean out your air conditioners filters as well as the condenser coils before summer. Any trapped debris or particles will negatively affect your units ability to keep you cool when it matters most. Do the spring cleaning so you can put your feet up come summer!
If you have any questions about your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.