The cold harsh days of winter are finally in the past. Spring and summer are now on their way and this means beautiful weather, plenty of sunlight, and higher energy bills.
You want to embrace the up and coming warmer months as much as possible, but no one wants to pay a high electric bill. If you feel like your energy bill increases more than you’d like during spring and summer, then you’ll want to continue reading.
Here are a few ways to ensure you keep your home nice and cool during the warmer seasons.
Reduce the Amount of Sunlight
Natural light is a wonderful thing. Natural light is calming and doesn’t come with the intense yellow color that comes with artificial lighting. What you need to keep in mind, however, is how much heat is coming inside your home along with the natural light.
If the sun is more intense than normal on a certain day, then be sure to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters the house. Sunlight can cause your entire house to be heated.
Use curtains, keep blinds shut, and even consider blackout curtains in rooms where the sun hits directly. Your house will stay much cooler when it’s kept dark.
Take Your Cooking Skills Outdoors
When you cook inside your house, you raise the temperature in the kitchen. This then signals your HVAC unit to kick in and work harder. To avoid rising temperatures due to cooking, consider cooking outside instead.
Spring and summer months call for backyard grilling anyway, so why not make the most out of this beautiful weather and spend some time cooking and eating outdoors?
You’ll keep your home cool while getting to spend time in your backyard.
Install Proper Insulation
The right insulation can go a long way. Your home should already have some type of insulation installed inside it, but how well does this insulation work? It might be time to upgrade or replace old insulation.
Aside from that, you should also check all windows and doors for cracks in or damages to the weather stripping and sealing around them. If there are issues with it, then cool air could be escaping while hot air is entering.
Make these repairs and upgrades to significantly decrease your energy bill on a regular basis.
Have Your HVAC Unit Maintenance Regularly
One of the last ways to ensure your home stays cool during the warmer months is to have regular HVAC maintenance done. If your HVAC unit is working properly and in good working order, then it won’t have to work hard to keep the house cool.
If the unit needs repairs or cleaning, then it could be working overtime to cool your house and therefore increase your energy bill. A well-maintained unit is one of the best ways to keep your house cool.
Your Home Doesn’t Have to Stay Hot This Summer!
It might be hot outside during the spring and summer seasons, but that doesn’t mean it has to be hot inside your home.
Use these helpful tips to help keep your house as cool as possible during the hottest months of the year.
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