Keeping your house comfortable and cool can seem like a mystery to some people. It can be tough to figure out what you can do to keep your house from overheating without worrying about overspending on your energy bill. Here are some things that you should know to make sure you are keeping your house comfortable and within budget.
1. Don't Let The Sun In
The sun heats the outdoors, so why do many people assume that if the suns rays are coming in through a window they won't heat the house? In fact, your house could get even hotter because there is nowhere for the air to go once it is inside. Thus, you should do what you can to keep the drapes drawn during the hottest part of the day. Energy-efficient drapes will be well worth the investment, and just making a habit of keeping all the blinds and drapes closed when you aren't home, as well as closing them in the afternoon, can do wonders for your energy bill.
2. Insulate The Air That Is In The House
Another important thing to do is make sure that the air that is in your house is sealed in. If you are going to spend the money to get the AC on and running, you need to make sure that it isn't just seeping out the cracks in the house. Too many people don't check the windows and doors to make sure that they are insulated and sealed well. This can be done by putting your hand on the window. If the temperature of the window reflects the outdoor temperature more than the indoor temp, you've got a problem. You can seal the window with plastic wrap, or ideally you should replace the window with something that fits better.
Also, the doors are a common place to let the air out. Make sure the weather stripping around the door is secure and really holding in the air. This will be a small investment that will save you a lot of money in the long run.
3. Keep The Air Moving Through The House
Lastly, you can get the illusion of it being cooler than it is if you can just keep the air flowing through the house. Having fans on while people are home is a great way to keep the house comfortable for pennies on the dollar.
By doing these things you can keep your house cool without overspending. If your air conditioner just isn't cutting it anymore, you can look at commercial AC units for more cooling capacity.