During the hottest days, all you want to do is turn up the AC – but that can also mean turning up your monthly bills. Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive cooling options that can help you save electricity and money when it gets a little too warm. Let's take a look.
Your windows can make a big difference in home cooling – and without using much electricity at all! Just opening your windows at night to let the cool air in can make it much easier to keep your house cool the next day. In the day, close your blinds to keep the sun from heating the air in your home as well.
Do you have a two-story home? Put one fan in front of an open upstairs window, facing out. Put another in a downstairs window, facing in. These two fans can create a cycle that draws in colder evening air while pushing out the rising, hot air from the day. It's a very low-electricity, inexpensive cooling of whole-house cooling.
Are you using your ceiling fan? If not turn it on! We suggest aiming the airflow downward so that you can more easily feel it. Most fans have a switch that allows you to change the rotation for winter or summer settings. Make sure yours is in the summer setting!
Heat pumps use a refrigerant that transfers heat back and forth from inside to outside. This can be a very efficient system when heating or cooling: If you do not currently have a heat pump in your home.
Thinking about a major renovation? Sometimes by increasing the size of your awnings (for more shade) and switching to a white roof (or lighter color) are large upfront costs, but will save a little on cooling for years to come.
For more ways to use your AC wisely and cool your house down fast, give Ragsdale a call!