Save Energy With These Budget-friendly Cooling Tips!

Like most homeowners, you know that the summertime can be the most expensive season out of the year. Whether it’s a family vacation or stocking up on barbecue tools, every “summer essential” comes at a cost — especially your central air conditioner. If you tend to leave it on for long periods of time, then you could find yourself with high energy bills. To keep cool and save money in the process, here are some budget-friendly cooling tips to know:

Keep the Blinds Closed

When there are picture-perfect blue skies and bright rays of sunshine, many homeowners will feel inclined to open the blinds (or curtains) up. While this will help shed light in any room, there’s also a strong chance that it will make each room much hotter — similar to the way a greenhouse works.

If you’re looking to cut back on your energy bills and dependency on your central air conditioner, it’s best to keep the blinds closed — or if you can’t resist, keep them open at a slight angle. While you won’t have the sun shining through, this will help maintain a cool, comfortable temperature in each room.

Start to Cook Outdoors

One of the biggest perks about the summertime is being able to cook outdoors. Whether you’re having a barbecue with guests or you’re grilling up some dinner, there’s nothing better! If you’re looking to stay cool, then opting to grill outdoors more often will be the best solution.

Think about it: when you’re using the stove in your kitchen, any heat that’s radiating from the stovetop will be emitted into the air — which will usually prompt you to lower the thermostat to cool the room down. Now, when you cook/grill outdoors, all of that heat will float into the air, keeping your home nice and comfortable.

Avoid Hot Showers

It can be inferred that just about everyone likes taking a warm, hot shower. Of course, this will add that extra layer of a “clean” feeling, but it can also increase your body temperature, making you feel much hotter than you already are. When you’re looking to cool down and keep up with your hygiene routine, keep the water on the cold side. Within a matter of seconds, you’ll feel completely refreshed and won’t be using an abundance of hot water in the process.

Dress for the Weather

Just like you wouldn’t wear shorts in the wintertime, you shouldn’t opt for heavy knit clothing in the summertime. Even if you’re sitting indoors, wearing anything that’s too heavy can cause discomfort and prompt you to turn down the thermostat.

However, the solution to this problem is rather simple: start dressing in light, loose-fitting clothing. To really make an impact, opting for garments that come in light colors (i.e., yellow, white, light blue) will really make a cool, comfortable difference.

Have Your Thermostat Replaced

Has your current thermostat seen better days? Thermostats have come a long way and a smart device can really make a difference in the performance of your central air conditioner, all while cutting back on energy consumption.

Smart thermostats, also known as learning thermostats, will let you adjust the temperature from anywhere, with the help of a smartphone app. This will help you be more in control of your air conditioner usage — you’ll see a noticeable difference on your next energy bill. Another great way that a smart thermostat will help save energy, is that it will notify you when something is askew with your heating and cooling system, eliminating a problem before it has the chance to happen.

Looking to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient?

Whether it’s a smart thermostat upgrade or having a new, energy-efficient central air conditioner installed, we can make it happen at Fox & Sons. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at (800) 716-4990 or visit our website for more information!