A hot day in the middle of summer can be a good reason to keep your air conditioning running. But it’ll also crank up your energy bills, so how can you keep your cool while saving money?
Whether you need to cool down your home for an hour or a whole summer, here are some great ways to naturally cool your home without switching on your air conditioning unit.
i told my mom to turn the AC on she said talk when u pay the bills. when i die of heat and the funeral bill comes i hope she has the same energy
— kenza (@kenzaaboutarik) June 29, 2018
Use A Reverse Ceiling Fan
In summer, you’ve probably got your ceiling fan spinning for all it’s worth. But did you know that most fans spin the wrong way? That’s right. The blades on most fans rotate clockwise in winter.
Most modern fans have a switch on the side of the motor that can change the rotation direction. You can also flip the blades around if there’s no switch available; just make sure they’re equally spaced around the motor.
Use Blackout Curtains During the Day
Blackout curtains aren’t just for people who work night shifts or have a new baby. While they help block light at any time of day, their ability to block heat is especially helpful during the summer months. This can help keep rooms cooler — and make it easier for your air conditioner to do its job when you need it most.
Embrace Your Crockpot and Keep Your Cool in The Kitchen
The heat from cooking with a stove or an oven can make a warm day feel unbearable. When you add in the steam from boiling water, hot food or liquids, and the humidity from cooking with grease, it can become too much to bear.
Make Popsicles with The Family
Who doesn’t love a refreshing popsicle on a sunny day? Rather than buying popsicles, have a go at making your own. They’re easy to make, and the kids can create their own flavor.
Open The Windows at Night
Cooling a home consumes a lot of energy, but during summer nights, the temperature usually drops enough to cool down the house using nothing but natural ventilation.
Invest In a Whole House Fan
While central air conditioning may be the go-to solution for cooling your home, it’s not the only way to stay cool. There are many benefits to using a whole house fan instead of traditional air conditioning.
Don’t Forget to Book Your AC Maintenance
While most air conditioning systems are designed to last for decades and provide years of reliable service, they require regular maintenance to ensure that they’re continually operating at their best. If you don’t have AC maintenance, you may be stuck in the heat without a working air conditioner.