While cooling in cool air conditioning is a fun part of the American lifestyle, you get stuck with the costly electricity bill because it is not. Fortunately, we found some other ways to beat the heat without disturbing your budget this summer.
While your air conditioning is probably the biggest reason your electricity bill skyrockets during the summer, there may be other culprits around your house worth investigating. There are also many simple things you can do or invest in that will help you (and your wallet) calm down.
Buy a programmable thermostat
Smart thermostats give you more control and security over the use of air conditioning in your home. You can set a schedule for it to run every day and trigger it to turn on only when it exceeds a certain temperature, such as a conservative 77 degrees. You can also tell your thermostat to turn off the A / C when you are not at home, which is a great way to save money and not waste electricity. We like the Nest Learning Thermostat ($ 249) for its ease of use and ability to automatically learn and customize to your preferences, and the Honeywell Home RTH2300B1038 ($ 24.48) for its easy programming on the device, you do not need a mobile app to use.
Check seals, insulation and ducts
Unless your house is brand new, the odds are that air is somehow leaking, whether it goes through the watercourse around your front door, shutters around a window or cracks and shutters around pipes and outlets. This means that all the cool air you manage to get will probably find its way through these holes and waste your money.
Turn off your local hardware store to pick up new weather change or a container with a caulk to seal doors and windows. For ducts, check connection points and folds for tears or holes, and seal any leaks with foil tape and then a layer of duct tape. For insulation, make sure the attic is properly insulated along with any non-brick walls.
Replace your A / C filter
Make sure your HVAC system works efficiently by changing the air filter seasonally. By choosing the right size filters and replacing them regularly, you will help your plumbing system stay (and your wallet) comfortable all year round. Filters are available in all home improvement stores. They usually come in packs of two or three and cost anywhere from about $ 10 to $ 20, which is not extremely expensive. However, it is worth noting that if your HVAC system is really old (like 20 or 30 years old), you should consider replacing it with a new energy efficient system, as new devices cool your home faster and lower power supply can help you save on your monthly invoice.
Install a window treatment
Everything you put over your windows helps keep unwanted heat from seeping into your home. Installing smart shades does not have to cost an arm and a leg, and they have a nice modern feel. Insulated window treatments are an even better option, albeit a more expensive one, as they are designed to act as a barrier between your windows and the inside of your home and regulate the temperature that way.
Make external adjustments
There are things you can do to your home exterior (and to your garden) that will make it easier to regulate summer temperatures in your home. Painting your home exterior a lighter color can help reduce the amount of heat it retains, and installing shadows or awnings on the windows that get the most sun can help keep the temperature lower as well. You can also plant trees and shrubs near your house to block light from windows or parts of your roof, but waiting for them to grow is obviously more of a long-term plan. Just make sure you keep plenty of space around your A / C unit free of grass and leaves for optimal circulation.
Dehumidify your air
Heat is one thing, but when it is humid, the air also feels sensitive, raw and unaffordable. A dehumidifier can help remove extra moisture from the air so that you feel drier and more comfortable during the hot summer months, making it a great investment. Portable dehumidifiers can be moved around your house as needed, such as in your bedroom at night or your kitchen or living room during the day. We like the Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier ($ 44.99) and hOmeLabs 3,000 Sq. With. Energy Star Humidifier ($ 239.99).
Get some fans
Sitting in front of a fan on a hot day is practically a summer ride. There are swinging tower fans, lightweight small fans that can sit on your desk or bedside table and even some impressive industrial opportunities for the busiest days. Of course, you can also choose a portable air conditioner if you rent a home or apartment without air conditioning, or really just care about keeping a single room cool.
Limit the use of electronics
While it’s tempting to try to beat the heat by staying and watching the latest Netflix show, your giant flat screen, powerful gaming computer and other electronics are actually no shortage of heat sources. Consider limiting how much you use them each day and minimizing the use of candles and even kitchen appliances like your washing machine and oven to really make a difference.
Wear refrigerator bedding
During the hottest months, the heat can sometimes stay through the night, leaving you sweaty and uncomfortable while trying to sleep. However, there are miraculous sheets specially designed to help you get cooler while you sleep. We are big fans of these PeachSkinSheets coolers ($ 109.95) as they help regulate your body temperature and remove moisture while staying breathable and comfortable throughout the night.
Staying cool during the summer is the name of the game, and sometimes the battle wins most easily with the simplest weapon. Load up on cold drinks, popsicles, fruits and other cool foods during the day and hang out in the lower levels of your house (like the living room in the basement) during the hottest parts of the day.