Keeping your house cool without blasting the AC can seem like a mystery to some people. You might be thinking that the only way to keep your house at a comfortable temperature and the people in the house comfortable is to overpay on your energy bill. Luckily, this is not the case. You can keep your house and people in it nice and cool by just implementing a couple things. Here are some tips.
1. Keep The Air Moving
One of the first things that will make your house feel unbearably hot is if the air is stagnant. If it is hot outside and there is not movement of air, you will feel significantly worse than if you have a little breeze. It is the same in your house. Ceiling fans are a great investment and ideally should be in every living room and bedroom in houses that have hot climates. It takes pennies to run a ceiling fan for an hour and can prevent you from having to crank up the AC. If you don't have ceiling fans in your house, pull out some box fans. Just having them circulating the air will help tremendously.
2. Focus On The People, Not The House
The goal is to keep everyone in the house comfortable, not necessarily worry about the temperature in the house. Your house could be 5 degrees hotter than what you would like, but if the people can stay cool, then it is fine. For example, you should encourage your family and children to lose layers and sleep in shorts and t-shirts rather than full pajamas that have feet. Avoid wearing socks and hats as they can heat up the body. In addition, you can serve cold beverages and foods throughout the day to keep people cool. Use a cold rag to place on the forehead or go for a swim. All of these things will cool down the body without cooling down the house.
3. Lose Extra Insulation In The House
Naturally, you want the actual house insulated, but the décor can hold the hot air in the house. For example, if you have lots of rugs down on the ground, they will hold the heat in. Hard flooring is better at keeping the house cool, so pull up the rugs in the summer. Also, things like extra pillows on the couches will make the area warmer, when the goal is to keep it cooler. Thus, change your décor as the season changes to keep the house feeling cool.
By doing these things you can keep your house comfortably cool without spending a lot of money.