When temperatures spike, it’s easy for utility bills to spike right along with them. The availability of home air conditioning systems together with the accumulation of warm, humid air inside your house can tempt you to dial down your AC thermostat setting to “arctic.” You do have some additional options, however, that can help you scale back your air conditioner use and still keep your house cool, healthy and comfortable. Here are some tips to maximize the benefits you get from your summer energy expenditure.
Don’t Try to Maintain a Steady Indoor Temperature
Open Two Windows to Create a Natural Wind Tunnel
Prevent Air Leaks
Clean Your Air Filters
Shade Your Air Conditioner
Close Your Blinds
Add Insulation to Your Attic
Consider a Whole-House Ventilation System
Excess moisture in your home can give rise to a whole range of problems, from structural rotting to health risks from mold spores. Cold moist air can feel “clammy” and not very comfortable. Excess moisture in the air also makes your air conditioning system have to work harder to cool you off. Research shows that reducing the moisture level in your home results in a 17-percent savings on cooling expenses. A whole-house ventilation system is a way to lower the load on your AC system while providing you with a safer and more comfortable environment.
Combine your favorite of this set of cooling tips and make your home a cooling refuge from the summer heat.