Now that summer’s here, you’ll want to make sure that your home is as comfortable and as economical as possible. If you’ve had summers where you had to choose between massive energy bills and spending your time off as a sweaty, sticky mess, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of easy ways you can make your home comfortable over summer, without spending a small fortune.
Make Your Window Coverings Work for You
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to mitigate the intense summer heat is making a point to keep your blinds and curtains closed in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest and hottest. The sun shining through the windows, particularly if your home doesn’t get a lot of shade or your windows are relatively old, can contribute massively to the temperature indoors. Keep the curtains and blinds closed, and you’ll do a lot to keep the temperature and your energy bills low. It’s not rocket science!
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you’ve picked up on the buzz around programmable thermostats and thought that they were a gimmick, think again! The modern conveniences supplied to us by business owners like Ken Starr have given us the means to keep our homes as comfortable as possible, but these clever little devices can make those conveniences much more economical. Getting a programmable thermostat installed, and using it properly, will ensure that the home stays nice and cool when you’re there, but also that your air con isn’t leaking money when you know you’re going to be out of the house. Programmable thermostats can be a bit of a nuisance if everyone in your family has a schedule that changes all the time. However, if you have a regular, dependable schedule to stick to, it can be remarkably easy to let your home get warmer when you’re not around, but have it nice and breezy when you come through the door. If you feel slightly lost reading about programmable thermostats, the Energy Star website has a handy guide.
Get a Ceiling Fan
Contrary to what many people believe, staying comfortable when the weather’s hot is much more about the way the air hits your skin than the actual temperature of it. Ceiling fans can make a space feel ten degrees cooler, and only use a small fraction of the energy required to run a central air con system. Obviously, when you’re in the peak of a heatwave, a ceiling fan isn’t going to do much, and you may need to lean on your air con a little more. However, getting a ceiling fan can still be a huge help in making your home more comfortable in the summer, all the while keeping a cap on your energy bills. Design Necessities has an excellent guide for choosing a ceiling fan that’s right for you.
If you were dreading the price of staying comfortable this summer, we hope this post has helped you keep cool at home, without spending a small fortune!