With this stifling heat in Arizona, most residents are relying on air conditioning to survive the summer. However, there are a lot of ways to cool down the indoor temperature of your home aside from cranking the AC unit.
- Keep interior doors open Keeping the doors open stimulates air flow, making the cooling process faster and more energy efficient.
- Use a fan, counter clock-wise
A fan does not necessarily cool down your room; but encourages air circulation in a room. Hence, distributing the cold air at a faster rate, creating a cool breezy wind as if the temperature is lower.
- Adjust AC temperature when away
Don’t turn the AC off completely because restarting the process of cooling will take a longer time and use more electricity. Instead, adjust the temperature 5-8°F whenever you leave home for 8 hours or longer.
- Seal door and window air leaks
Heat should be controlled properly to maintain the temperature of a room. Conduct a do-it-yourself home energy audit, as explained in this article written by Department of Energy. If any leaks and gaps are identified, use caulk or weather-stripping to seal it.
- Insulate your attic and air ducts
Adding an added barrier between the attic (the hottest part of your house) and your living space helps to keep exterior heat out, and prevent interior cold air from escaping. Air duct should be insulated to prevent wasteful heat/cold transfer. Choose insulation material with a R-value of R-30 to R-60.
- Use CFLs and LEDs instead of incandescent lights
A 100W incandescent light bulb is believed to reach 335°F; CFL at 180°F; and LED to 87°F. Replacing the lightbulbs will not only save you money from using less electricity and buying lesser lightbulbs, but also limits emitted heat into your room.
- Keep blinds closed during the day
Unwanted heat from the outdoors can be blocked by keeping your blinds closed. Choose light color blinds, which reflect rather than absorb the sun’s heat. Consider putting an extra layer; such as reflective window films, window screens, shutters, drapes, or just cardboards to help blocking out the heat.
- Avoid using the oven/stove
Your oven and stove can heat up your kitchen fast. You can use the grill in replacement of cooking indoors. If you do have to use the oven/stove, turn the fan on to vent out the heat created.
- Shade your house
Just like parking your car under the shade, it is smart to plant some trees or install some awnings to shade your house. Planting large deciduous trees on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home can help reduce AC costs by up to 35%.
- Keep your body temperature cool
The ultimate goal of the AC system is to keep the person cool, not necessarily the house. So, keep yourself cool by staying hydrated and taking cold showers.
To sum it up, try to limit using heat-generating devices during the hottest times of the day, and keep the house well insulated and air-tight, while promoting good air flow in your house; These are the best tips to keep your house cool during the summer.
Contact ELA Home Repairs if you need AC repairs, energy audits, or any electrical needs at 800-368-PROS(7767) or visit http://elahomerepairs.org for more details.