Looking to save a little money this summer? Who isn’t?! One of the easiest places to start your savings mission is with your air conditioning unit. Did you know that up to 70% of energy consumed in the summer can be related to AC use? Something that is easily prevented, if you know how to stay on top of your energy bill! We hope these tips help you and your family save big this summer!
Looking to save a little money this year into next? Who isn’t?! One of the easiest and most effective places to start your savings mission is with your air conditioning unit. Did you know that up to 70% of energy consumed in the summer can be related to AC use? Beyond that, the air conditioner is cited as using up roughly 6% of the electricity used in the United States annually coming to a total cost for homeowners of $29 billion. This expense is something that is easily prevented, if you know how to stay on top of your energy bill! We hope these tips help you and your family save big this year!
Here are 10 Ways to cool down your room
1. Temperature Control
So this may sound higher than expected, but 78 degrees is the most recommended temperature for a home thermostat to be set to in the summer. During the cooler months, this temperature will likely be turned down to ensure you are not overheating your home. Running things a bit warmer when it is hot outside and a bit colder during fall and winter will start cutting into your energy consumption and will allow you to stay comfortable while saving both energy and money. Keep this in mind during the day, especially when no one is home. If you find the temperature is too warm or too cold for your liking in the evening, you can make an adjustment of just a few degrees to ensure ideal sleep conditions. Or add a fan to your bedroom!
2. Keep Your Room Shady
Shading your air conditioning unit can significantly help keep your home cool. What this does is block out the air surrounding your unit, which reduces the work it has to do when circulating cool air from outside into your home. In fact, this tactic can improve the overall efficiency of your air conditioner by up to 10%. Expanding this tiny alteration to your home and providing it with added cover can offer some surprising returns, totaling up to one or two hundred dollars each year. If it’s possible, locate your outside air conditioning units in shaded areas around your home. This will help the unit run more efficiently.
3. Stay Open!
Contrary to popular thought, closing off AC vents in unused rooms can do more harm than good. Closed AC vents reduce the number of routes air has to travel and the pressure that is used to circulate it throughout your home remains as the paths for air to take are reduced. Most commonly, this course of action can be attributed to leaks in the ductwork, whether that involves increasing the size of old ones or creating new ones entirely. This kind of damage will have to be repaired, costing you instead of saving you as had been planned. Prevent yourself the headache of having to repair the ducts, and keep the vents open.
4. Check for Leaks
Similarly to tip number 3, one way to ensure your room cools down is to hire an expert to check for leakage in air conditioning ductwork. Excessive pressure brought on by sealing up vents coupled with time are the main culprits for leaking. For those in homes that are over ten years old, the ductwork should be checked annually. Sealing leaks will not only allow you to improve the comfort you feel in your home, you’ll also be safer, more energy efficient, and you will not have to pay as much money each month. For those inspecting their ducts by themselves, in sealing off leaks refrain from using tape as you will require long-lasting measures meant to withstand pressure.
5. Close Your Blinds
Blinds, shades, and other window coverings have more than an aesthetic appeal as these covers are able to block out a portion of the heat that enters our homes. Especially in the warmer months during the day, one way to cool down the rooms in your home are to cover up your windows. The effectiveness of your shades can be increased by purchasing light-colored blinds that reflect the sunlight. In the event your drapes are slightly darker, a light-colored backside will help cut down on the heat that they are able to distribute into the home. You can also shade your windows from the outside to further decrease the heat that is able to enter your home.
6. Use The Fans in Your Room
Fans are a cost-efficient way to cool down homes without using the air conditioner, but there are some things to be aware of while they’re in use. While it feels as though fans have the ability to decrease the temperature within our rooms, they are in actuality just circulating the air. In this manner, they are able to cool off those within rooms without expending a considerable amount of energy. At the same time it is important to note that when using a fan to cool your home, it is best to enable it to spin counterclockwise. This will allow it to create a downward flow of air to optimize the cool gusts.
7. Change Out Your Light Bulbs
One lurking variable that far too often contributes to the heat we feel in our homes are the lights. Light bulbs illuminate our spaces but can also convert a considerable amount of the energy into heat. This is the case for less energy efficient bulbs, namely incandescents, which end up giving off ninety percent of their electricity as heat energy. To save energy and keep your rooms cool, begin switching to more efficient bulbs like compact fluorescents and LEDs. These bulbs will also last much longer than less efficient bulbs ensuring little hassle for you in the long run. As your lights begin burning out, just go about replacing them with the efficient bulbs until you’ve gradually phased out your incandescent bulbs.
8. Cook Outside
Just as with light bulbs, the oven is an appliance that can contribute to the spread of warmth that occurs within homes. If you are looking to cool down your rooms, minimize the amount you use your stove. One easy way to do this is to cook outside. Grilling allows you to keep heat from entering your home and has the added benefit of giving food a notably different taste. If it colder outside or you want to stay inside for your food preparation, use either the toaster oven or the microwave. Both of these appliances use less energy than the oven and will be able to prepare your food quicker without the added bonus of creating unwanted heat within your home.
9. Cool Your Pulse Points
Instead of relying on manipulating your environment to cool things off, sometimes a simple personal adjustment is all it takes to beat the heat. When it comes to getting cool, applying a cold rag or washcloth to your wrists or neck can help provide you body temperature with a nice drop. This is the result of spots on our body like our necks and wrists being pulse points that carry blood close to the surface of the skin. When cold water is applied to these spots, it can cool off the blood and body as well, allowing us to overcome the sensation of uncomfortable warmth.
10. Stay On Lower Levels
As many of us know from childhood, something important to remember about heat is that it rises. As our homes heat up during the day, that warmth not only spreads throughout our rooms but it also rises to higher levels. As a result, for those with an upstairs home office or those who spend extended periods in rooms located on upper levels, feeling the effects of the heat may be much more prevalent. Simply retreating to the lower levels of your home, even if it is only for a brief time, should enable individuals to feel more comfortable with the temperature in their rooms.
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