So, you were all set to install a ceiling fan or two thinking that would improve your family’s summertime indoor comfort while saving you some money on your monthly electrical bill. But you neighbor stopped by and “spoiled the party” by telling you the added cost to run the fan would more than offset whatever you might save from the fan circulating the cool air for greater distribution.
Which begs the question: is your neighbor an HVAC professional, or did he or she just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night? Clearly the latter, because ceiling fans cost very little to run and will make you feel about 3 to 8 degrees cooler.
For even greater energy savings, just turn the fan off when you leave the room, because as soon as you turn it back on, it will very quickly start pushing the warm air all the way down so you’ll instantly feel cooler with no wasted electricity.
Still, let’s not be too hard on your neighbor: after all, they were only trying to help.
Here are a few other ways to help cool your home for less from the real HVAC professionals at Absolute Air in Kaufman.
Are your doors and windows well sealed?
You’re paying a premium for all that cool air, so the last thing you want is to let it escape through gaps around your doors and windows. Check all your current weather stripping and caulking for gaps, leaks, and other signs of wear and tear and fix whatever might not be up to par.
Pull those shades and blinds!
You may love looking at the sun, but unblocked direct sunlight will heat up any part of your home by up to 20 degrees. And you think your AC system takes a beating now? Give it some extra rest and draw those shades and blinds at least until the sun has moved to another part of your home.
Cover your window with film.
Once considered more of a decorative novelty than anything else – at least in homes – window film is becoming an increasingly popular choice with Dallas area home owners. That’s because it reduces the amount of heat generated by direct sunlight by up to 60% and blocks more than 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Certain types of film also provide added protection against burglars as they prevent glass from breaking possibily injuring a member of your family.
Wait until dark!
On those oppressively hot and sticky summer days, why do chores during the day that can just as easily wait until after the sun sets. You’ll generate less heat that way and need less conditioned air to keep your house cool, and you along with it.