If keeping the A/C on 24/7 is not something you want to pay for this summer, here are five low-cost, effective ways to keep your home cool.
1. Close the blinds.
Rooms with windows that receive direct sunlight tend to be hotter than the rest of the house. Do yourself a favor and keep the blinds closed and the curtains drawn during the day. Turn the blinds upwards to prevent sunlight and heat from turning the room into an oven.
2. Apply heat-reducing window film.
Heat-reducing film is applied to the inside of windows and works by blocking infrared rays and reflecting harmful UV rays to keep your home cool. Heat reduction film is available in clear and color. Applying heat-reducing film will not only help lower utility bills, it will also protect your furniture from harmful sun exposure. And the film can last up to 20-25 years!
3. Install ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans create air movement that will make you feel cooler, without the cost of running a whole-house air conditioner. During summer months, adjust the blades to turn counterclockwise to draw cool air upwards. You could also use bathroom exhaust fans to remove rising warm air.
4. Install a duct booster fan.
A duct booster fan increases airflow through the duct system to help maintain set room temperatures. The effectiveness of a duct booster fan will depend on how well you maintain your HVAC system. It’s important to have a properly functioning HVAC unit to get the most out of a duct booster fan.
A register booster fan sits directly on or in the register of the room that needs extra temperature regulation. This type of fan costs less than $80 and installation is pretty simple.
An inline booster fan is a better option for bigger houses with large rooms. It’s more expensive, but does not create any noise and lasts longer than register booster fans.
5. Install a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat helps your A/C run efficiently and keeps the home cool. You won’t have to constantly turn your A/C on or off, either. Reach out to Blue Apple Electric for quick and easy installation!