Keep Your Home Cooled On A Budget

July 18th, 2022 by

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As the mercury in the thermometer continues to rise, so – unfortunately – do our electric bills. Our air conditionings are working overtime to keep us cool in this sweltering heat. And that comfort doesn’t come without a price. If you’re trying to bring your indoor temp down on a budget, check out these money-saving tips for keeping your house cool.

Start at the Top

We all know heat rises, so it makes sense to start in the attic where it’s usually 20 to 30 degrees hotter than in the rest of your house. If you don’t already have one, an attic fan is the best way to improve ventilation. They’re relatively inexpensive, and in some cases you can install them yourself. There are even some models that automatically adjust depending on the temperature in your attic. Another way to cool your home is to add insulation to your attic, particularly along the floor, to prevent heat from escaping into the rest of the house.

Maximize Fans

In your bedrooms and living areas, the best way to lower the temp is by using fans. You can place box fans in windows, blowing outward to vent the hot air out. Consider adding ceiling fans if you don’t already have them. Make sure they’re the right size for the room, and opt for fans with fewer blades and a steep blade pitch. Run them counter-clockwise to push air downward and create a wind chill effect. Keep them clean, and fix any wobbling.

Seek Shade

Keep your blinds drawn to block as much natural light as possible. Consider blackout shades for any windows that get a lot of direct light. You can also add additional shade on the outside of your home by installing awnings or even landscaping.

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Make Smart Switches

There are a lot of sources of heat inside your house that can easily be eliminated or substituted. Swap your lightbulbs out for fluorescent. Unplug appliances that aren’t being used. Try to avoid using the stove or oven, especially during the hottest parts of the day, and opt for grilling or using a slow cooker. You can even alter your own attire. By switching to lightweight, breathable fabrics you’ll naturally feel a little more comfortable.

Keep hanging in there as we all weather the heat together!

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