Cost-Efficient Ways to Cool Your Home

A young woman cooling off with a fan and a cool cloth.

No one wants to be stuck in a hot and stuffy house during summer. We want to feel a fan on our face and the breeze of the ac on our skin. But what do you do when cranking up the AC means cranking out the dollars in your bank account? We’ve put together a list of easy ways to efficiently keep your home nice and cool this summer without breaking the bank.

     1. Turn up the temperature during the day.

Are you gone at work during the day? Why pay for cool air that you aren’t using? Before you head out the door for your daily commute, turning up your thermostat by 7-10 degrees. We don’t recommend turning off your air conditioner during the day. Turning your AC off encourages mold growth. One role of your AC system is to help dehumidify the air. When your AC is off all day, not only will you come home to a hot and humid house, but you might come home to some fresh mold.

     2. Use a dehumidifier.

There is a big difference between dry heat and humid heat that most of us in the midwest know all too well. Humid heat is heavy, sticky, and very uncomfortable to move around in. Dry heat is much more comfortable, even at higher temperatures. By using a dehumidifier during the humid summer months, you can actually keep your AC at a higher temperature all while keeping your home comfortable.  

     3. Rotate those fans.

Over the winter, you probably switched your fan rotation to lock hot air in the room. Don’t forget to reset your fans to rotate counterclockwise. When the blades rotate in a counterclockwise direction, it pushes the cool air down, creating a cool environment.

    4. Draw the shades during the day.

Is your house located in a spot that gets a lot of natural sunlight? While this is great over the winter, during the summer months the sun coming in the windows can make your home pretty toasty. Before leaving your house in the morning, shut the shades or draw the curtains to keep the interior shady and cool.

Contact Complete Electrical to learn more about how to efficiently cool your home during the hot summer months.