10 Tips on how to keep your home cool in the peak of summer
Looking to bring the temp down in your home. Check out our guide to reduce the heat throughout the home.
Summer is a time for outdoor fun and festivities but beating the heat can sometimes be a challenge, especially when it comes to your home. For those of us who like to stay cool, we put together a quick guide on how you can keep your home cooler throughout the summer months.
1. Set and save
Set your thermostat to 25°C when you're home and 28°C when you're out. For every degree you dial up the temperature, you use about 3 to 5 percent less energy. Or get a programmable thermostat, then set it and forget it.
2. Draw the drapes
Draw the curtains every morning to keep out the heat. Blackout curtains, blinds, window film, awnings, and other coverings will help reduce solar heat gain and save your A/C from working hard to maintain temperature. If it's cool at night, also consider opening the windows to get some fresh airflow throughout the home.
3. Invest in a fan
Consider getting a ceiling fan: it lets you keep your thermostat 4°C higher without affecting your comfort. For maximum efficiency, set the blades counter-clockwise for a downward cooling breeze. The best angle for optimal cooling is 12-16 degrees.
4. Cut the humidity
You all know about the 'feels like' temperature that makes it feel hotter than it actually is. Keep your A/C running to reduce the humidity and an exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom areas to expel humid air.
5. Seal it in
Blasting your A/C in an inefficient way to cool a drafty home. Inspect your doors, windows, and vents to spot areas where air might be escaping. Then use caulking and weather stripping to seal any of the gaps.
6. Move that air
Get that air circulating around your home, especially if you don't have an air conditioner. Create a cross breeze by opening windows at opposite sides of the house. If you have more than one story, open windows on the upper and lower levels.
7. Power it down
By plugging your electronics into a power bar and timer, you can set it to only run on-peak and mid-peak hours. Keeping devices plugged in all day draws power, even when they are off.
8. Kitchen cooling
When you're cooking, opt for smaller appliances like crock pots, toaster overs, microwaves or even get outside and hit up the BBQ. Ovens use more electricity and raise temperatures, forcing your cooling to work double-time.
9. Love your A/C with TLC
Check your air filters regularly and replace as needed. And don't forget the condenser - your A/C's outdoor unit. Clean out dried leaves, debris, and trim the foliage back at least two feet for good air circulation.
10. Schedule a tune-up
If you've done everything you can to keep your cooling system humming, call in the pros. Annual servicing by a licensed technician can reduce your cooling costs by 10 percent.