The blistering heat of the summer sun gives us more reasons to rely on our air conditioning units. While it is good to use them to cool down our homes during the hottest parts of the day, letting them run for too long can cause an uptick in our electrical consumption. This will surely reflect on next month’s utility bills.
Here are some tips on how you can make your home cooler this summer without relying too much on your AC unit.
Open Your Windows
Letting in the summer breeze is an effective way to cool the home while limiting your use of the AC. The key to this is finding out which direction the wind blows. As soon as you feel the breeze, open the windows fully to ventilate your indoors. This works best at nighttime and in the early morning when temperatures are cooler. Close them as soon as sunlight is directly hitting the windows.
Utilize Window Treatments
Window treatments can also be of help in keeping indoor temperatures cooler. Closing the blinds, for instance, will prevent heat absorption through the closed windows. Consider installing shutters or rolling blinds on the window units that are in direct sunlight in the morning and afternoon.
Consider Window Replacement
Sometimes, investing in replacement windows makes more sense. Tackle this project if your existing fixtures no longer provide much-needed insulation, especially during the summer. Energy-efficient windows on the market today are equipped with low-emissivity (low-E) glass to reduce heat gain and keep your home cooler.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Southwest Missouri, we offer various window styles that feature High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass and the company’s exclusive Fibrex® material for the frame and sash. These make our windows last longer and perform better in summer. The result is a much more effective thermal barrier, helping you achieve lower cooling bills.