It’s the same thing every sweltering summer; jaw-droppingly high electricity bills and all because we can’t stop using our (lovely) air-conditioners.
It’s hard, but there are other alternatives to stay cool and push down those high utility expenses at the same time.
Follow the tips provided below to give your home a makeover that will take some of the burden off of your AC to beat the heat and save up on energy costs too.
Insulate Your House
One of the best ways to stay cool during summers is by insulating your house. It keeps the cool air from your air-conditioning trapped inside your house. Installing insulation in your attic prevents over 160 degrees of heat from entering your house.
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Close Window Shades and Drapes
Put up drapes and line them with light-coloured fabric in order to reflect the seering sunlight and just shut them during the hottest time of the day.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing awnings on south and/or west-facing windows can reduce solar heat by 77%.
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Install Energy-Saving Window Films
Another good way to stay cool is by installing energy-saving window films. It lets the warm rays of the sun in during winter while also stopping the house from heating up in the summer. We recommend you get mirror-like films as they are more effective than the colored transparent ones.
Interior and exterior shutters reflect ultraviolet radiation from entering your house as well as enhance the privacy of your home.
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Buy a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes most of the excess moisture from the air in your room, which ultimately leaves you feeling cooler during intense summers.
Strategically plant trees around the areas of your property where the most light will be blocked from entering your home through windows, or where the trees will cast the most shade on your house.
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Use Ceiling or Pedestal Fans
Fans cost ten times less than air conditioners, so it’s ideal to make use of them if you want to save money on your utility bills. You can also place standing fans right by your window to produce and circulate cooler air for the room.