Not every home can afford an AC, especially since heating and cooling costs can be quite expensive. But how do you keep your home cool without air conditioning? If you don’t have an air conditioner, here are tips recommended by experts to keep your home cool.
1. Use Your Fans Wisely
By using a fan and a bowl of ice, you can create a faux ocean breeze. Fill the mixing bowl with ice or an ice pack. Then, position it at an angle in front of the fan. Turn on the fan, and the air will mimic a cool, misty breeze.
You should also set the ceiling fan to rotate counterclockwise. During summer, the fan blades should rotate in this direction to push the air straight down.
2. Keep Your Blinds Closed
Lots of heat from the sun comes into your windows. Using shades, curtains, or blinds can save you a significant amount on your energy bills. This strategy can lower the internal temperature by up to 20 degrees. Therefore, ensure you close your blinds to mitigate the heat from the sun during the summer months.
3. Limit Your Use of Appliances
Running dishwashers, dryers, and ovens multiple times a day produces a lot of heat in the home. Consider reducing the frequency with which you use these devices, or find alternatives that will keep the temperature down. For example, consider cooking on the grill. You can also opt to run some appliances late at night when the temperature drops.
4. Invest in Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
Installing better insulation and closing gaps can help keep a home cool during extreme heat situations. Consider more energy-efficient doors and windows that have good reputations and insulation features.
5. Get Rid of Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs tend to heat a room, partly contributing to high energy bills. If you are trying to keep your home cool without installing an air conditioner, small efforts like switching to fluorescent lighting can contribute a lot toward success.
When you decide to rely on an AC after all, call us at NORCO Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide high-end home air conditioning services. Our team installs, repairs, and maintains both cooling and heating equipment. We’re ready to assist you and the entire Spokane community in any way we can.