Summertime is always a fun time of year to look forward to! That is unless you have to stifle the heat at home all summer. There are lots of ways to beat the heat and you can even find ways to do so without emptying your wallet to your electric company.
Here are five ways to keep your house cooler during the warm summer months:
- Dehumidifier: Humidity can make the hot air feel even hotter. By using a dehumidifier in your home, you’ll be taking some of the humidity out of the air, and make the temperature feel more accurate. Even more, high humidity can damage electronics and even cause mold, dripping pipes, and other damage around the house. Dehumidifiers can also alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms.
- Programmable Thermostat: Consumer Reports says that by installing a programmable thermostat, you can experience a savings of about $180 per year from your energy bill. Once installed, you can program it to automatically raise or lower the temperature in your house depending on the schedule you set. You can set the temperature a little higher during those times when no one is home and have it kick on automatically to lower the temperature before you get home.
- Duct Work: Leaky ducts can account for up to 25% of cooling costs in an average home. A few signs of leaky ducts are hot or cool spots in your home, dusty rooms after your turn on your HVAC system, and high utility bills. No matter how energy efficiency of a system you have, if your ducts aren’t properly transporting the air around your home, you’re going to lose money.
- Trees: You can strategically plant shade trees outside your house so that they provide your windows with natural shade. Additionally, trees cool and moisten the air through a process called evapotranspiration.
- Inside Heat Sources: Try doing the chores that use heat-generating appliances, like laundry, using the dishwasher, or stove, in the early morning or evenings when it’s cooler outside. You can even use alternatives such as grilling outdoors or using a toaster oven instead of the stovetop oven. In lieu of using the clothes dryer, hang the clothes on a line outside. You can also turn off the computer as they generate a lot of heat when left running.
With just a few steps, you can not only enjoy a cooler home during the summer, but you may even shave off a bit from your energy bill. Of course, the easiest way to cool off your home is with your in-home air conditioner.
If you don’t already have a system in your home or if you need to have it serviced, be sure to contact Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric. We offer lots of services such as repairs, tune-ups, and installation services in the Fort Worth area. Our NATE-certified technicians are ready to help you stay cool this summer. Don’t delay, contact us today!