While many places are currently going through a heat wave and many families are struggling financially with the economic downfall of the coronavirus, one concern is how people can keep themselves and their families cool at home without having to blast their air conditioner around the clock. Luckily, there are quite a few ways that you can help your home to stay cool without having to spend the money on running your A/C.
To show you how this can be done, here are three ways to save money while still keeping your home cool in the summer.
Use Fans Before Your A/C
To save money while simultaneously cooling off your home, you should try using any fans that you have throughout your home prior to turning on your air conditioner.
According to Leah Ingram, a contributor to Parade.com, turning on your air conditioner uses about 50 times more energy than simply using a fan. So while you won’t get the cold air flow that you’d get with your air conditioner, any air movement is going to help cool your room off. So especially if you’re just wanting to drop the temperature by a few degrees, try using a fan before option for the use of your air conditioner.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Sometimes, you need to use your air conditioner in order to get your home to a comfortable temperature. However, it’s very rare that you’ll need or even want your air conditioner to be on all the time or even at a consistent level during the course of the day.
Because of this, Dana McMahan, a contributor to NBC News, recommends that you adjust your thermostat throughout the day so that it’s really only going when you’re actually home and are wanting your space to be cooler. While you can do this manually, you can also get a smart thermostat that allows you to set certain temperatures at certain times so that you’ll be saving energy when you don’t need to a/c on but will also have your home cooler during the time when it needs it.
Keep The Sun Out
To help your home stay cool from the very start of the day, you should make it a priority to try to keep the sun out of your space as much as possible.
According to Lauren Urbanek, a contributor to the NRDC, keeping the sun blocked from coming in through the windows of your home, especially during the hottest parts of the day, will help to keep your home cooler and your energy bills lower as well. So if you’re wanting some sun, consider going outside for a while rather than letting the sun into your home.
If you want to keep your home cool this summer without having to pay a fortune in utility costs, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you accomplish this.