We all reach for the thermostat when temperatures rise. However, you increase your monthly bill every time you crank up the AC in the Bay Area or anywhere. These DIY solutions and tricks should help you keep your home cool even during the hottest days in summer.
1. Create a Wind Chill Breeze
Set your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise. This may not lower temperatures, but it will create a wind chill breeze that will help you feel a little cooler. According to the Department of Energy, your home can remain comfortable and cooler by up to 4 degrees with the fan running.
2. Shut Doors on Unused Parts of the Home or Business
While you should avoid shutting vents, you should shut doors and close down all unused parts of the house. This way you can keep your home cool even during the hottest summer days. Air-conditioned air will traverse only through the areas that are frequented by you, keeping energy bills from growing out of control which can occur with certain government policies.
3. Leave a Window Open at Night
Night air is usually refreshing and crisp. Make the most of the evening air by cracking open a window at night. However, make sure you close the window in the morning or you will lose precious air-conditioned air. You should consider placing a box fan on the window sill to push heat out.
4. Insulate Your House
Poorly sealed cracks, doors, windows, basement, and attic can be a major cause of air leaks and a big energy waster in your house. Use insulation in those parts of the house where you think air is leaking. You can consider weather stripping and door sweeps.
5. Install Blackout Curtains
You should do everything you possibly can to shade your house. Blackout curtains and blinds help in keeping the sun out. You can save as much as 7% on your monthly utility bills by keeping the sunshine out. Blinds can also cause temperature reductions by up to 20 degrees. Blackout curtains can help in reducing heat gain in the room by about 33%.
6. Clean the Condenser Coils
Your HVAC system’s coils are responsible for keeping the system working efficiently. Dirty coils can result in unnecessary strain on the unit. You will be able to notice higher energy efficiency and cooling capacity with routine cleanings. Consider contacting a local HVAC professional to get the cleaning done and save yourself some time.
7. Have Your HVAC System Maintained
Routine maintenance is important to have an HVAC system that runs as it is supposed to. Twice yearly system maintenances are recommended, especially during season change. You can always maintain your own HVAC system. However, it is recommended that you have a professional come in for a tune-up. Do not wait for your system to develop problems before taking corrective steps.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
It’s vital you have a reliable and efficient system since the HVAC unit plays a major role in your home’s energy consumption. Your unit may be nearing its replacement if it is older than 15 years. You need to consider the SEER rating, age, cost of repairs, and other factors before upgrading the unit. Don’t forget to consult with a professional HVAC replacement company before purchasing a new system. They will be able to help you with options.