As high temperatures and sweat patches start to make their appearance everywhere, the search for ways to beat the summer heat has officially begun. Check out the following tips to help manage your comfort level inside your home and save money while doing it.
1. Avoid Cooking During the Day
Avoiding cooking, laundry and other heat generating activities can help keep a lower temperature in your home during the day. Wait until the evening hours to run your dryer, dishwasher or oven. If possible, use the microwave and grill outside.
2. Keep Your Shades Drawn
Or better yet, invest in black out curtains. We love the summer sun just as much as anyone else, but having uncovered windows only serves to raise the temperature of the interior of your home. Drawing your shades or having black out curtains can keep your abode significantly cooler and can save up to 7% on electricity bills. This especially makes sense if you are away from home during day light hours.
3. Invest in a Really Good Fan
Keeping the ceiling fan on helps to efficiently circulate the cool air coming from your HVAC throughout your home. This helps to reduce the need to put the temperature at a lower setting, ultimately saving you in electricity. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, investing in a few oscillating fans would be just as effective.
4. Change Your HVAC Filters
We can’t stress enough how important it is to change your HVAC filters when they get dirty. The cleaner the filter, the more efficient your system will run and the cooler your place will be with less stress on the system.
5. Use Lighter Bedding Fabric
A change in season should mean a change in bedding fabric as well. Where you might have used heavy blankets and fleece in the winter, it’s best to switch to a lighter more breathable fabric in the summer. You can also trade your down comforters for simple thin blankets or invest in these technologically advanced chillows.
6. Regulate Your Own Body Temperature
Along with your home, you can also be smart about regulating the temperature of your own body. Wearing breathable fabric, drinking cooler beverages throughout the day, and periodically applying cold presses to wrists and foreheads can all help to naturally cool your body. The more regulated your body temperature is, the less you have to spend on AC!
If all else fails, you can always buy a kiddie pool, fill it with ice water and pretend it’s a tropical getaway.
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