Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

In most places, summertime is equivalent to steamy, hot days.  Below are some tips (gathered from care2.com/greenliving) that can help you economically reduce the heat in your house.

  1. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.
  2. 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.
  3. You can help get rid of unwanted heat through ventilation if the temperature of the incoming air is 77 F or lower. (This strategy works most effectively at night and on cooler days.)  A window should be open in each room. Interior doors must remain open to allow air flow.
  4. Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range for light clothing in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A sow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this air flow.
  5. 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.
  6. Seal all air conditioner ducts, and insulate ducts that run through unheated basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
  7. Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms.
  8. Maintain your air conditioners properly to maximize efficiency.
  9. Install white window shades or mini-blinds. Mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.
  10. Close south and west-facing curtains during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.
  11. Apply low-e films.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.

Try a few of these ~ your bank account may thank you! 

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Posted on July 6, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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