Close Your Blinds & Windows
The view may be pretty, but leaving your blinds and windows open in hot temperatures will allow UV rays to penetrate through, warming your home in the process. So, during the day, keep them closed to stay cool. Once the evening rolls around, feel free to open them to experience the cool breeze.
This seems obvious, but many grab one box fan to cool off and call it a day. If you’re able to, strategically place fans throughout your home to stay cool. They use very little energy compared to your AC unit.
Optimize Your Current Fans
If you’re unable to purchase completely new fans, take the time to optimize the fans you already have. Here are some ways you can, as provided by Budget Dumpster:
Run Fans Counter-Clockwise: In the summer, run your fans counter-clockwise on their highest setting to push air straight down and create a wind-chill effect. In the winter, set them back to clockwise on low to slowly force warm air down into the room.
Clean Them Regularly: Keeping your ceiling fan dust-free isn’t just hygienic – it can also help your fan work better. Dirt on fans can heat up the motor, which can make them run more slowly.
Polish the Blades: Polishing a fan’s blades can reduce drag, improving its ability to move air. To do this, remove the blades and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Then, dry and coat them with a light furniture or metal polish, depending on the material of your blades. Let completely dry before reinstalling.
Fix Any Wobbling: If your fan is wobbling, it’s working a lot harder than it has to and won’t cool your room down well. Tighten or replace loose screws in your fan, including within the light fixture.
Oil Your Fan: Five to six drops of light machine oil can get rid of annoying squeaking sounds and help the motor run more efficiently. But know that not all fans can be oiled – some motors are completely sealed up. Look up your manufacturer’s guide for instructions on oiling your ceiling fan.
Freeze Your Sheets
It may seem silly, but if you want to stay cool throughout the night, throw your sheets into the freezer a little bit before bed. Pro-tip: use cotton sheets as they are a piece of far more breathable fabric. Avoid any fur or heavy comforters. You can also spray your sheets lightly with cold water to cool off.
Opt For A White Roof
Everyone is aware that the color black draws in heat. If you’re trying to cool off, consider getting white roof panels or a white roof coating. A white roof will reflect heat instead of absorbing it.
Avoid Using The Stove
When you use the stove or oven, your kitchen will heat up. It may seem difficult, but if you can, keep the stovetop cooking to a minimum and opt for crockpot meals or grilling outside.
Purchase No-Heat Lightbulbs
Regular lightbulbs emit heat. A super simple way to avoid this is by purchasing fluorescent lightbulbs. They are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased here.
If you’re having trouble with keeping cool in your home, it may be time to speak to an HVAC technician. With years of experience, the friendly professionals at Service Tech will be happy to help you with any needs or questions you might have. Contact us today!