Summer has arrived so I wanted to give you a few tips on keeping your home cool. I found great tips from Care2 that should help us all avoid the dreadful overheated home.
- Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
- Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings.
- If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit.
- If buying a new air conditioner, be sure that it is properly sized. Get assistance from an energy auditor or air conditioning contractor.
- Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.
- Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air- condition unused rooms.
- Install white window shades or mini-blinds. Mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.
- Close south and west-facing curtains during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.
- Provide shade for your room A/C, or the outside half of your central A/C if at all possible. This will increase the unit’s efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent.
- Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow by 1 percent per week.
- Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.
Hope these help you stay cool this summer!
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