The cost of air-conditioning a home in the summer is enough to make you sweat. Electricity demand can get so high that it can trigger a power outage. While you can’t control the temperature outside, there are still measures you can take to minimize cooling costs by making your house cooler. Use these tips to beat the heat and save money.
Most heat that enters your home comes directly from the sun shining through windows and onto your roof. Planting trees that are leafy around your home can help block out some of that sun and cool your house. Using shrubs and trees to shade your air conditioner can improve its efficiency by up to 10%.
Put Cloth on your Windows
Mesh or solar screens can block out up to 70% of the sun’s heat before it enters your home. They are especially useful on windows facing east and west. Another option is window films, which are metalized, transparent sheets that reflect heat before it can go through glass. Although, films only work when windows are closed, unlike solar screens that can keep the sun and insects out even when your windows are open.
Day and Night Settings
Set your air conditioner lower when you are at work for the day and then turn it back up when you get home. You can make it easier to do this by using a programmable thermostat that can schedule the temperature for you. You can save up to 15% on your energy bills by doing this.
When possible, use fans on the upper levels of your home and open windows on the lower level. Close windows near fans and open windows far from fans if you live in a one-story house or apartment. The key is to have a well-circulated home to evaporate the sweat from your skin.
Chill in your Basement
Spend more time in your basement when it is hot outside. It tends to be naturally cooler down there so you will not have to set your air conditioner as high. Avoid opening your basement windows though when the air outside is humid and heavy. Moist, warm air can cause condensation on cool surfaces like basement walls, which will increase the humidity in your house.
Leave your Stove and Oven Off
Avoid cooking on your stove or in your oven during hot spells. Eat cold foods instead like sandwiches and salads or use your microwave to heat up food. If you have to use these appliances, put off using them until the evening and remember to use your exhaust fan.
Maintain or Replace your Air Conditioner
How efficient your air conditioner works depends on the level of technology it is running on. Be sure to keep the filter clean to allow for better air movement and keep the unit level so that condensation drains properly. You can slash your energy bill by swapping out an old unit for a new one.
To ensure your air conditioner is working correctly before the summer heat wave hits, book an appointment with CMO HVAC. We can also install new units for you and service your furnace in the Winnipeg area.