20 Tips to Keep
Your Home Cool This Summer
Spring and summer are great
times to relax outside, whether you're a fan of good old
fashioned barbeques, or a cool dip in the pool. But
summer is also the time when electric bills can be at their
worse. So here are 20 free tips to help you keep your
home cool this summer.
1. Keep windows and doors
closed during the day. There's nothing wrong with
opening windows at night, but avoid letting heat and humidity
into your house while the sun is out.
2. Your clothes dryer
generates heat. If possible, put off using it until
night or early in the morning.
3. Use ceiling fans to cool
you off and circulate air throughout rooms.
4. Plant shade trees around
your home in order to block sunlight.
5. When shopping for an air
conditioner, make sure that it's the right size. Check
with an air conditioner contractor or service company to find
out if it will properly cool a home of your size.
6. Check to see if your air
conditioner ducts are sealed, and add insulation outside of
any ducts that run through your hot attic.
7. Turn off window unit air
conditioners in rooms that aren't being used.
8. Adding mini-blinds to
your windows can help reduce solar heat by 50%.
9. If a window directly
faces the rising sun, make sure you keep the curtains closed
early in the day. In the afternoon, do the same for any
windows that face the setting sun.
10. In the summer, clean
your air conditioner's air filter once a month. Even a
little dust can reduce the amount of air flow that you get.
11. As long as you don't
block air flow, shading your outdoor air conditioning
compressor can keep incoming air up to 10% cooler.
12. Use a microwave instead
of a regular oven to keep your home's temperature down.
13. Instead of using a
dishwasher, which can generate heat, consider letting your
14. Keep TV sets and lamps
away from your thermostat. Both generate heat, and can
trick your AC system into running more than it has to.
15. Are you the only person
in the house right now? Use a portable fan to cool just
one or two people off, if you're in just one room for the
16. Light bulbs generate
heat, so consider turning off lights during the hottest points
of the day (3-6PM).
17. If you have an old
central air conditioner, consider replacing the compressor.
Air conditioning units lose a great deal of efficiency over
18. If you live in a humid
area, shop for an air conditioner that get rid of high
humidity that would otherwise get into your home.
19. Have your air
conditioning unit serviced by a professional at least once a
20. Have your home treated
with spray foam insulation. Doing so can greatly cool it
off, plus reduce your electric bill by as much as 50%.
These free tips are from Advanced Foam
Insulation of Louisiana. If you have a home or business
in Louisiana, call us
today or click here for more
free info on how spray foam insulation can improve your
quality of life.