3 Eco-Efficient Home Cooling Tips
Looking for ways to reduce your monthly energy bills? There are several things you can do to make your AC system more efficient, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Just because it’s hot out during the summer, doesn’t mean you must rely solely on your AC system to cool your home. Here are three tips to for eco-efficient home cooling:
Close your Blinds
The Department of Energy estimates that keeping your blinds closed during the summer reduces heat gain by about 45 percent. This is one of the most effective ways to keep your home cool in the summer.
By closing your blinds, the sun is not heating your home or creating a greenhouse effect. Since blinds do not completely block out the sun (the slats make it impossible to get full coverage), we also recommend using curtains.
The DOE estimates that curtains reduce heat gain by about 65 percent. This would make a significant difference in the efficiency of your AC and the climate in your home. When choosing blinds and curtains for your home, opt for lighter shades rather than darker material since light colors are better at reflecting heat while dark colors absorb it.
Be Strategic About Opening and Closing your Doors
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when trying to keep their homes cool is opening and closing their doors. While doing this, you are letting out a lot of the cool air while inviting hot air into your home.
Try and be more strategic about opening and closing the door, combine trips and tell your kids to use the doors less to keep things cooler in the house.
Turn Off the AC and Open the Windows at Night
It may seem counterintuitive, but turning off the AC at night and opening your windows to let in a fresh evening breeze is one of the best ways to cool down your home, reduce humidity and get some fresh air.
As the temperature drops at night, opening your windows to create a cross breeze alleviates stress from the AC and provides a cool climate to sleep in. If you try this tip, make sure you get up early the next day to shut the windows and blinds before it gets too hot outside.
Whether you are looking to conserve energy, reduce your cooling bills or if you simply don’t own an AC, there are some useful options to help keep you cool this summer.
For more information on eco-efficient cooling methods, call (510) 984-1832 and speak with the experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today in Berkeley, CA.