Many people wonder what they can do to keep their house feeling cool in the warmer months without cranking up their AC. The higher your AC is turned up the more money you will spend on your utility bill each month. Luckily, you can still stay cool in your house without worrying about the AC. Here are a couple simple things you can do.
1. Uncover The Hard Floors
If you have hardwood floors or tile in your house you should remove the rugs during the summer months. Rugs and carpet help to insulate the heat in the house. Having a lot of carpet will trap the heat and make it harder for your house to cool down naturally. Thus, utilizing the hard flooring in your house can be one of your greatest assets during the hot months.
2. Cook Outside
Using the oven or the stove will naturally heat up your house. This is why you should try to think of meals that you can either cook outside or that don't require an oven. When you use a BBQ it transfers the extra heat to the outdoors, rather than to your house. If you do need to bake something or use the oven, try to do it in the morning rather than the afternoon. The mornings tend to be cooler and it will give the house plenty of time to cool back down before the hottest part of the day.
3. Close The Drapes
Just as the sun rays heats the outdoors they will also heat your house. For this reason, you should try and keep the sun out of your house during the afternoon and the hottest part of the day. Close the drapes and keep the house dark during the afternoon if possible. You will be surprised at the difference that it makes in the overall house temperature.
4. Keep Individuals Cool
Remember the goal is not necessarily to make the house cool, but keep the people in it comfortable. Thus, even if your house is hot, you can still be comfortable. Try drinking a cold beverage, use a cold towel or compress on your skin, remove an article of clothing, or place a fan next to you. All of these things can help to keep you cool even if the house is hot.
These are just a couple simple suggestions for keeping you comfortable during the hot months, without raising your utility bill.
To learn more, contact a company like McFoy Refrigeration, Inc.