How To Keep Your Home Cool During The Summer Months
It’s the middle of July and the heat is on in New Orleans. Keeping your home cool during this time of year can get expensive. There are a few things you can do to save some bucks on your electric bill.
Little Things You Can Do
When leaving the house in the morning, just keep all your blinds closed. Windows allow a lot of unwanted heat into your home. If you want to save even more on your electric bill, go and get some black out curtains. They block out the sun completely and will help insulate your home. If you have rooms in your house that have picture windows facing the sun, keep doors to those rooms closed. While the sun will heat up that room, the heat won’t spread through the entire house. Once the sun has moved on, open doors so that the air can circulate through your home. Set your ceiling fan counter clockwise. That setting will force the air in in your house straight down creating a windchill effect which can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. The hotter it is, the faster your fan should run. Don’t use the oven in your kitchen, but go outside and start grilling. The food tastes great and you are not adding any extra heat in your house. Change incandescent lights to LED lights. LED lights don’t give off much heat and use less electricity.
Bigger Things You Can Do
Insulating your attic can safe you big bucks in the long run. An attic that is insulated will keep much of the summer heat out and will keep your rooms at a consistent temperature. You may also want to consider installing energy efficient windows. Double-pane windows can save you up to 18 per cent on your cooling bill, according to experts. Trees are nature’s AC. If you are able plant a tree that keeps your home in the shade you’ll save big on your electric bill. Unfortunately it will take a while until the tree will be big enough. Vines and other shrubs could be other options which will have quicker results, but will likely require more maintenance in the long-term.