Home Cooling Tips
We love summers in Minnesota. We love our air conditioning in Minnesota, too. Despite what some might think, we actually need air conditioning to combat the sweltering heat in July and August and the brutal humidity levels that go along with it. The only thing we don’t love about our Minnesota summers is the high energy bills that go along with the use of our air conditioning. These are some simple ways to keep your home cooler in the summer:
Air Conditioning Unit – The best way to make sure you’ll stay cool and have a system that is as efficient as possible, is to make sure you take care of your current air conditioning unit. Have it regularly looked at by a certified HVAC technician and do any appropriate maintenance so it can run at its finest.
Thermostat – A programmable thermostat will assist you in modifying your cooling needs without having to constantly fiddle with the temperature. Have a programmable thermostat installed, set it for your daytime and nighttime needs, and it does the rest. Programmable thermostats can really keep your home comfortable and save you money with little to no effort.
Conservation Measures – There are several things you can do to help keep your home cooler to start with – so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard (and therefore keep costs down).
- Pull the shades or drapes on windows to keep the sun out during the daytime hours
- Plan to do your laundry and run the dishwasher either early in the day or late in the evening, so it doesn’t add heat and humidity to your home in the heat of the day
- Turn off lights unless absolutely necessary, as they too, add heat to your home
- Seal air leaks around windows and doors to reduce losing that nice cool, air conditioned air
- Check your attic to make sure it’s properly venting the hot air from your home
If you’re trying to really reduce using your air conditioning this summer, crank open your windows during the nighttime hours, when the temperature cools off. Shut windows again during the heat of the day to trap the cooler air in your home and keep the hotter air out. Use fans to help circulate the air throughout your home and drink lots of water.
Long-term fixes include planting trees and shrubs that provide shade for your home. The less sun that gets into your home, the cooler your house will stay.
Even if you’re one of those families who has to run their air conditioning unit all summer long (simply for preference or by necessity), you can help your home stay cooler by following these simple home cooling tips, and in turn, reduce your energy costs.
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