Beating the summer heat can seem impossible at times, and even when you’re successful, it usually means your electricity bill is crazy high. When traditional methods of staying cool aren’t working, alternative methods may be just what you need.
TIME YOUR BLINDS
During summer months, it can be tempting to open your curtains or blinds to enjoy some sunshine. Doing this during the day might be making your house hotter than it needs to be, especially if your windows face the sun for hours. Try opening your blinds and windows in the morning and the evening, and closing them up during the hot afternoon. This will allow cool, fresh air into your home while keeping the heat out.
Did you know your ceiling fan has multiple settings? Check for a switch on the body and make sure it’s going the right way. For most models, a counterclockwise rotation will ensure that cool air is being pushed down and into the room. Doing a quick online search for your brand will tell you which direction you should have the switch during the summer and winter to ensure air is circulating properly.
PLANT A TREE
For a longer-term solution, consider planting a tree in a strategic location to provide shade to your home. Before digging, have utilities mapped, then choose a place away from buried lines that will give maximum shade to your home in a few years. This choice will take a few years, but even short trees can provide some critical shade and keep the heat out of your home.
Using your stove or oven can crank up the heat in your home. Instead, consider grilling outside, using appliances such as a crock pot or pressure cooker, and explore the world of room temperature foods such as salads or gazpacho. Save baked dishes for the colder months and keep your home nice and cool.
Overall, keeping cool doesn’t just rely on the air conditioner. Using these tips will help keep your electric bill down and will keep you just the right temperature. Call Hagerstown Heating & Cooling for more ways to keep your home cool this summer!