Five Ways To Keep Your House Cool During The Summer Heat

Five Ways To Keep Your House Cool During The Summer Heat

Summer will be here before you know it, and with it will also come the summer heat! Don’t make your house feel like a sauna trying to save on your energy bill. Follow these tips instead, and keep your house cool during the summer heat.

Humidity

1) Use a dehumidifier in the house. Humidity makes hot air feel even hotter. Using a dehumidifier takes the humidity out of the air, making the temperature feel more accurate. High humidity can damage electronics and technology, and in worst cases cause mold, dripping pipes, and other damage to the house. A dehumidifier also provide relief to those with allergies and asthma.

Temp Control

2) Install a programmable thermostat. According to Consumer Reports, programmable thermostats can trim about $180 a year from your energy bill by automatically raising or lowering the temperature in your house, depending on the schedule you set. You can set weekdays to a higher temperature when no one is home, and automatically kick on to lower the temperature before you arrive.

{TIP: Don’t forget to leave your AC on for anyone who comes to your house certain days of the week, like your housecleaner! }

Leaky Ducts

3) Seal your ducts. Leaky ducts account for 25% of cooling costs in an average home. Signs of air duct leaks include:

  • Hot or cool spots in your home
  • Dusty rooms after you turn on your HVAC system
  • High utility bills

It does not matter how energy efficient your HVAC system is if the heated or cooled air isn’t properly transported around your home due to leaks in your air ducts.

Natural Shade

4) Plant a tree for shade. Strategically plant a tree that will grow to provide natural shading for your windows. Not only will they provide shade, but trees also cool and moisten the air through a process called evapotranspiration.

Heat Source

5) Don’t add to the heat inside. Try doing chores that use heat generating appliances, like doing laundry, using the dishwasher, or the stove, in the early mornings or evenings when it’s cooler outside. When possible use alternatives like cooking outside on the grill or using the toaster oven instead of the stovetop oven. Hang wet clothes on a clothesline instead of using the dryer. Computers can also generate a lot of heat if left running. Be sure to turn them off whenever they are not being used.

Follow these tips to have a cool, comfortable summer so you can enjoy your home without the high utility expense.

The Cleaning Authority Logo

Sources:

More Posts Like This
  • How To Optimize Space in Your Fridge

    Today is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day! We love a good clean fridge, but why not take it one-step further by really maximizing the space. It’s so easy for our refrigerators to get over stuffed with produce, jars, cans, Tupperware, drinks, and more! Who hasn’t come home from the grocery store to realize there is NO SPACE for all of the groceries you just bought!

    Read More
  • How Long Will Housecleaners Be in My Home?

    At The Cleaning Authority, we know from decades of experience that every home is different. Before we take on any new client, we want to make sure we understand every aspect of their home to ensure our Professional Housecleaners are spending the proper amount of time in the home and that they are getting all of our great services in the time that makes most sense for their home.

    Read More
  • DIY Cleaning Products Using Essential Oils

    Did you know that your favorite essential oils can be used for cleaning, too? That’s right, using essential oil cleaning products are a great way to maintain a green home and keep it smelling nice as well!

    Read More