Summer is just around the corner and in Indianapolis that inevitably means temperatures in the 90s and humidity that’ll make your hair stand on end (literally, for those curly haired peeps!) We aren’t experts on hair so we can’t help you out there, but we do know a thing or two about houses. Here are 5 tips for keeping your home cool this summer while still keeping your energy bills low.
1. Keep the Blinds Closed
Sunlight heats up your home which means your air conditioner has to work that much harder. By simply closing your blinds during the day, especially west and south facing windows, you can save up to 15% on your cooling costs. Open blinds and curtains as the sun goes down to allow extra heat in your home to escape.
2. Limit Cooking on the Stove and Oven
Instead of cooking with your stove and oven, which produce a lot of heat, make meals that require no heat (think deli sandwiches, gazpacho soup, and salads) or use your grill or microwave to cook.
3. Keep your Cooling System Running Efficiently
First and foremost, schedule regular maintenance with an HVAC professional. Also make sure to keep debris away from your outdoor unit, change your filter regularly, and vacuum registers to prevent dust build-up.
4. Use your Ceiling Fans Strategically
Ceiling fans don’t actually drop the temperature in a room, but they do create a wind-chill effect which makes a room feel cooler. If you use your ceiling fans, you can typically raise your thermostat about 4 degrees and still feel comfortable. That’ll make a big difference on your energy bill. Remember to turn ceiling fans off when you aren’t in the room.
5. Use Your Thermostat Wisely
When you are away from home, turn your thermostat up. A programmable thermostat makes this very easy. When turning the air on, don’t set the thermostat to a colder setting than normal. This won’t cool your home any faster but it will raise your energy bills fast! Be aware not to put any heat-producing objects near your thermostat, such as lamps or your TV.
What are your best tips for keeping cooling costs down in the summer?