3 Ways To Keep Your House Cool
It wasn’t so long ago that air conditioning was considered a luxury; nice to have but nonessential. With climate change, the AC is considered more of an necessity. The irony here is that air conditioners release emissions that actually contribute to global warming, so that cranking the AC may actually be making the temperature outside hotter. Fortunately, there are things you can do to break this cycle and still survive hot summer temperatures.
1. Use Fans Strategically
You’ve had fan installation Valencia PA, and now’s the time to take full advantage of it. However, you have to pay attention to how you use it. Don’t expect a fan to change the temperature of a room because that’s not what it’s for. Rather, it’s intended to circulate the air so that you feel cooler. In the summer, therefore, you should make sure your ceiling fan is rotating counterclockwise so that it blows the air right down on you.
Incidentally, the opposite is true in the winter. Then you want to switch the fan to rotate clockwise that that the hot air that has risen to the ceiling circulates around the room.
2. Close the Blinds
While it can be cheery to have sunshine streaming in your window, leaving curtains and blinds open during the day allows heat to become trapped inside. This accounts for up to 30% of the unwanted heat in your home. During the day, you should keep the curtains or blinds closed to block the heat from coming in.
It’s a different story at night, however. As the temperature outside cools down, you should open the curtains and the windows to allow the cooler air inside.
3. Cool Your Body
Lowering your own body temperature a few degrees may be much more efficient than cooling the whole house. You can accomplish this with cold compresses on your neck and wrists, wearing breathable clothing, and sipping on ice water.
This is not to say that you can never run the air conditioner again, but it need not necessarily run constantly from May to September.