How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning
July 4th, 2019 by cverdone
Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning
While air conditioning can be a nice asset to have in those hot summer months, it can get costly. To help keep your energy bills at bay, there are some useful tips you can use around your home. The more of these helpful tips you implement, the more you’ll be able to keep your home cool and energy costs low.
Closing Your Blinds
While you don’t need to shut all of the blinds in your home, you can do wonders by shutting those blinds that are letting in the direct sunlight during the daytime. Those windows of your home that house direct sunlight throughout the day tend to let in about 30 percent of unwanted heat in the summertime. By closing those blinds you can actually decrease the indoor temperature of your home by 20 degrees
Use Blackout Curtains
If you want to enjoy even more energy savings and a cooler home, then blackout curtains are another great step. These are made of densely woven fabric such as suede, velvet, and felt. This type of fabric style helps to insulate the interior of the room, which keeps it from getting hot from the sun’s rays. These can be easily installed in any room of your home to keep the air cooler.
Seal Up Unused Doors
This tactic works for both the summertime and wintertime. By sealing off unused doors of your home, you can keep the hot air out. In addition, you should seal off those rooms that you don’t use often. For example, a spare bedroom or hobby room that doesn’t get used regularly doesn’t need to have cool air in it. Rather, you can keep the cooled air in the other rooms of your home.
Install Ceiling Fans
Every ceiling fan comes with different types of fan directions. When you set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise in the summertime, it will feel like a whirlwind of cool air blowing on you. This can make a world of difference in how you feel when inside of your home. Any HVAC professional can help you to distinguish the difference between the settings of your ceiling fan. For example, in the wintertime, you’ll want the blades to rotate clockwise, pulling air up into the ceiling.
Use The Fans Strategically Installed In Your Bathroom And Kitchen
Installing bathroom fans and kitchen fans in your home can help with the heat and steam. While this is done to help reduce the effect of moisture on the walls in your home, it can help to suck the hot air outside. When you’re in the bathroom, make sure you turn on the HVAC ventilation fan so that the steam rises out of the bathroom. When cooking meals in the kitchen, be sure to use the ventilation range hood to suck out the hot air to keep it from spreading throughout your home.
Keeping your home cool in the summertime requires some consistent practices on the part of you as a homeowner. The more practices that you can do on a daily basis, the cooler you’re going to be able to keep it in your home.
For more information on how to keep energy costs low this summer, contact our HVAC professional at Thornton Heating Service, Inc. Call now at (847) 905-1608.