Cooling Your Home
Tips and information to minimize your energy costs and help you relax in comfort this summer.
Ventilation: an Easy, Low-Cost Way to Cool Your Home
Before buying a new air conditioner or upgrading your cooling equipment, consider reducing the need for mechanical air conditioning in the first place. When the weather is warm, there are a few ways to keep cool that use much less energy than room or central air conditioners.
4 Tips to Stay Cool Using Ventilation
- On a breezy day, cool your home by opening up your windows. The wind will create a “chimney effect,” drawing air in through the windows and creating a cross-breeze.
- Open your windows and use a fan to pull cool air indoors at night. Nighttime air is cooler outdoors than it is in your home. During the day close your windows and draw your window coverings to keep the cool air inside.
- Use room fans to create a breeze that will keep you cool and comfortable. Fans come in a variety of options, including ENERGY STAR® certified ceiling, table, floor, and wall-mounted. Don’t forget to shut the fan off when you leave the room, though. Despite what the name suggests, room fans cool people, not rooms.
- Use your bath fan to remove heat and moisture generated by showers. Also, if your kitchen range hood fan exhausts to the outdoors, use it to remove hot air while cooking.