It’s summertime and you’re probably already struggling to cool down in your home as the temperature rises. It’s tempting to simply power on the AC and let the cool air flow, but the consequence is that your energy bills are going to spike up. Read on as Handyman Connection of San Mateo discusses simple ways you can cool your home during summer without paying more for your energy bills.
Unplug Your Appliances
Unplug things that you’re not using so that you reduce the ambient heat in your home. Everything you plug in your socket generates heat, after all. So if you’re not using them, unplug them. You’re not only reducing the heat in your home, but you’re also lowering your energy consumption.
Switch the Ceiling Fan
Your ceiling fan actually has a small switch that determines the direction it spins. During summer, it’s best that the ceiling fan spins counter-clockwise since it forces the air down instead of around. So instead of turning the AC on, switch on the ceiling fan and make sure it spins the right way.
Replace Your Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are notoriously hot and having these around actually increases the heat in your home, especially for larger light fixtures. If you haven’t already, replace your incandescent bulbs with LED. Not only are these cooler, they consume 75% less energy to power. That’s less heat and more savings for you!
Replace Your Windows
While it might require some upfront investment, we suggest replacing your old and worn down windows with more energy-efficient ones. What you want are windows with an ENERGY STAR® rating since these have glass panes that significantly reduce UV light intrusion, which in turn reduces the amount of ambient heat entering your home.
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