Before summer hits in full force in St. Louis, Missouri, implement these tips to hold off on turning on your air conditioner. While the weather is still mild, you can save money and energy by keeping your home cool without the air conditioner.
Control The Humidity
The higher the humidity in your home, the warmer the air will feel. Working to keep the humidity low in your home will help lengthen the time you can go without air conditioning. It also helps prevent mold and poor indoor air quality as well. A dehumidifier in damp areas like the basement is one way to lower the humidity. Also, reduce the amount of steam in your home. Take shorter showers when possible. Avoid boiling water and use lids for pots and pans when possible.
Landscape Your Home
With the right landscaping, you can limit the amount of heat that hits your home. Place shade trees along the side of your house that gets the most direct sunlight. Make sure the trees have broad canopies so they adequately shade your home. Just make sure that the trees don’t block the breeze from coming through your windows. Consider shading your air conditioner from the hot sun as well to save energy when you do turn it on.
By optimizing the ventilation in your home, you help to bring in a breeze through your home and reduce the humidity. Make sure you are always using the ventilation systems in your kitchen and bathroom when you are showering and cooking. If you have an older home, you may be able to tune the windows for optimal ventilation. If you have an attic in your home, make sure that it’s ventilated as well.
Cool Your Body
It’s not necessarily about the temperature in your house. If you want to be comfortable, you need to keep your body cool. Turn on ceiling fans when you enter a room. Since fans cool your body, not the room, don’t waste energy by having them on when you aren’t there. Drink cold refreshing drinks throughout the day and make sure you stay hydrated. Wear light, loose-fitting clothes. An ice cube on your wrist or a cold towel on your neck also does wonders to cool your body down.
Survey Your Home
Survey your home to see if it is enhanced to combat the heat. If you don’t have ceiling fans, you might want to consider installing them, at least in the bedroom. If that’s not an option, buy a normal fan for rooms you frequent. Take down the heavy curtains and keep the blinds down during the day to keep the hot sun from coming in. Take off any thick, flannel sheets or comforters from your bed and replace them with light cotton.
Now is the perfect time to spend time outdoors and get fresh air. If your home feels too hot, then pack up the kids and visit a park with lots of shade. Head to a community pool on the weekend to cool off and enjoy the sunshine after being cooped up all winter. Cook outside when possible. Cooking typically makes your home feel warmer and adds humidity to the air. Grilling is a great alternative to cooking inside. Consider hanging your clothes to dry outside instead of using the dryer (which also adds heat buildup in your home).
Turn Off Electronics
You might be surprised how much heat is generated from your electronics and incandescent light bulbs. Keep lights off during the day when possible. Turn off and unplug your electronics when you’re not using them. Limit the time you use the computer and the television to keep them from emitting extra heat. Although the warmth isn’t significant, it adds up when you’re trying to keep your house cool. As a bonus, you will also see extra savings on your energy bill.
If you have questions about your HVAC system or need a tune up before summer hits, don’t hesitate to call us. Contact Averill Heating and Air Conditioning at 314-328-0437 to speak to an experienced professional today.
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