Summer is approaching and so are the enormous electricity bills that come with trying to keep your home cool. Rates are rising all the time so it gets more and more expensive to stay comfortable. There are times when simply keeping a window open is not nearly enough to keep the heat from becoming unbearable inside.
If you are trying to find that balance between keeping your energy bills low and also staying cool then you need to get creative. In this article, I will go over how you can do both. I’ll give you some tips on keeping your home cool in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Replace your old air conditioner
If your air conditioner is getting up there in age then it is likely costin you more money than it should. New units, especially ductless ones, are far more efficient. Using a box air conditioner that goes in your window is the worst of the lot even if it is new.
The best thing you can do is to upgrade your unit and get something new. Yes, it will be expensive up front but it will pay for itself in the form of the savings in the coming years. Not to mention that they cool your house better so you feel more comfortable while also saving money. If you are trying to cool multiple rooms, then going for something like a Mitsubishi 3 zone mini split system is the ideal solution as you are running one compressor that brings cool air directly into various rooms of the house.
This is a much better solution than having multiple box air conditioners placed in windows of the rooms you want to cool.
The trick to passively cooling your house is to go as natural as possible. This means using shade wisely. Close the blinds in the sunny part of the house and open the windows in the shady part so you can get a nice breeze while blocking the harsh sun that is going to heat up your house.
You should also plant some trees strategically near windows so you can have shade in the sunny parts of the house and keep those windows open as well. This allows for a cool current of air to pass through and keep it cool without needing to turn on the air conditioner.
Most people use a fan to cool down by placing it where they are sitting or sleeping so it blows right onto your body. This is fine, but you can create a system that cools the whole house just by using fans.
Use the same system of shading certain parts of the house and augment the effect with fans. Place them at different sections of the house where you can promote a cross breeze that sweeps the hot air out of the house and brings in cool air in its place. If you have ceiling fans then this will also help if you turn it on so it circulates air upwards taking the hot air away from you.