Staying cool in the summer is vital, but running your AC all day can quickly raise your energy costs. Luckily, there are ways to keep your home cool during the summer without drastically increasing your energy costs.
Air conditioners are thought of as the de facto champion for cooling your home. Air conditioners come in many different varieties, from single room window units to air conditioners that cool an entire home.
The downside for air conditioners is their high price, both when they are installed and for running them over time. Therefore, if you are looking to save money on energy costs, an air conditioner might not be the best decision.
Even if you already have an air conditioner, you can supplement it with other cooling methods and technologies to lower your costs.
Ceiling fans can have a large number of benefits for your home, even in months that aren’t summer. Ceiling fans are designed to keep air circulating in the summer using the wind-chill effect to make you feel cooler. Ceiling fans also rotate air in the winter to bring warm air from your ceiling down to the surface.
Like any other fan, ceiling fans do not necessarily save you energy in the summer all by themselves. Instead, using a ceiling fan or other fan instead of running your air conditioner on high will save you energy.
Simply put—fans are a cheap way to make you feel cooler, though they do nothing to impact the actual temperature of your home.
Learn more about the energy efficiency of fans here.
There are many other methods of saving energy on cooling costs by simply reducing the amount of heat in your home, including:
- Keep the sun out of your home during the sunny hours of the day by closing your shades or curtains.
- For long-term cooling savings, try strategically planting a tree in your yard so that it can provide shade during the day.
- Leave your windows open throughout your house to create a comfortable cross breeze.
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