Keeping heat and humidity down in the home is important not only for comfort but energy savings as well. As the heat and humidity is reduced, the air conditioner will not have to work as hard or as long. This reduces energy costs, as well as repairs. Without having the air conditioner run so hard, it will reduce the wear and tear on the system. By following some simple tips, the air in your home can be as comfortable as possible for you and your family this summer.
Reduce Heat by not cooking inside
Make sure to turn off any heat-generating appliances until the evening. When it is during the middle of the day, the heat and humidity will be at the worst levels. The last thing you want is to add to this. These appliances include using the washer or dryer for laundry, stove or oven for cooking, and leaving extra lights on. If you have to wash or dry clothes, it is best to do it in the evening when it starts to cool off. Instead of cooking inside, grill outside so any heat produced is out of the home. This helps to ensure the air is comfortable and the humidity is reduced as well.
Another thing that many forget about is the sun. As the sun rays come through the windows, it can start to heat up the home. This is especially true if there are several windows on the east or south side of the home. As the sun moves during the day, make sure to shut the curtains and blinds to those windows. Once the sun is no longer shining in through them, you can open the curtains again. This can cut down on the warmer temperatures in your home. It will also help reduce the chance of furniture fading from the sun as well.