Slash Your Summer Cooling Bills With These Time-Tested Tips

Posted on: 21 April 2018

If you need to trim your summer power bills, then these time-tested tips will help you stay cool while doing just that.

Tip: Don't Use Your Oven or Clothes Drier During the Hot Daytime Hours

When it is very hot outside, you should avoid using any appliances that will introduce heat into your living space. Every degree that is introduced will require more air conditioning power to lower. Instead of washing your dishes, cooking meals in your oven, or drying your clothing during the hot daytime hours, do these household tasks later in the evening when it's cool outside. This simple change will save you a lot of money on cooling and prevent the need for using power to both run heat-generating appliances and cool your house at the same time.

Tip: Keep Your Mini Blinds and Drapes Closed During the Day

While you might love to keep your mini blinds and curtains open so you can let a lot of natural light into your home, the hot window glass will make your home heat up. By keeping your curtains and blinds closed until the sun goes down, you can greatly drop the temperature in your home and save money on your air conditioning bills. If your home feels too dark, install "daylight" rated bulbs in all of your light fixtures for extra brightness.

Tip: Use Ceiling and Portable Fans to Keep the Air Moving in Your House

Since ceiling fans and portable fans use less power than running your home's central air conditioner all day long, they should be used to help keep your home cool. When the air in your home is moving around, you will naturally feel cooler than when the air conditioner has turned off, and the air is no longer moving. Using fans allows you to keep your home a bit warmer without it feeling any hotter.

Tip: Consider Installing a Whole-House Fan

Finally, if your house gets hot during the day when you are at work, and then your air conditioner has to run for a long time to cool it down, you should consider installing a whole-house attic fan. This type of large fan is mounted in your home's attic space and is designed to pull all of the hot air out of your home in a very short time. You can turn on the whole-house fan and then use your air conditioner, and the house will be a lot cooler in a lot less time and with a lot less power usage. 

For more information, contact your local air conditioning services.