It’s always nice to see the sun come out after the cold of winter but during those summer months and if you happen to live in a warmer climate it can easily get a bit uncomfortable in your home.
Here is a look at the various ways you can keep your cool and make sure that everyone in the house enjoys a temperature that is safe and healthy for them, including what you should know about your air conditioning system, and how to cool your home with some natural solutions.
Fit for purpose
The most obvious and sometimes convenient way of cooling your home is to use air conditioners that are strategically placed in rooms about the house in order to move excess heat inside your home to the outside.
An air conditioning unit can be very useful in maintaining a suitable humidity level in your home and supplying a constant and adequate supply of ventilation at the same time.
Another positive attribute with an air conditioner is the assistance it provides in helping to microorganisms and dust from the air, along with a number of other foreign bodies in the atmosphere that could potentially create some health issues if you suffer from allergies.
One of the issues facing homeowners is the cost of installing and maintaining an air conditioning system, although you could argue that the benefits outweigh the negatives, especially if you find a way of increasing your energy efficiency when using your system.
Getting more performance for your money
There are several key ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your unit.
It has to be said that if you have any leaky ducts around your home this is likely to prove one of the biggest culprits for wasting money, so check to see that everything is nicely sealed on a regular basis.
Replacing the filter at regular intervals will also make a difference to your pocket and not overloading your system by asking it to do more than it is designed for, is also a way to spend more on air conditioning than you have to.
Give the AC a break
There are some simple no-brainer tactics you can use to limit the use of any air conditioner you have in your home while still keeping the place at a nice comfortable temperature.
One of the simplest but most effective tips is to keep your blinds closed. About a third of unwanted heat in your home is generated from your windows, so by closing your blinds and curtains you could reduce the temperature by as much as 20 degrees and shave more than 5% off your cooling costs.
As well as keeping blinds and curtains shut as a way of preventing your home resembling the inside of a greenhouse you can help the cause by shutting doors and sealing off areas of your home to keep certain areas cooler when you are using them.
Keeping cool in your home shouldn’t be that hard to achieve if you use a combination of mechanical and natural methods to prevent the mercury rising too high on the temperature dial.