How To Keep Your House from Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
Utilize these tips to keep your air conditioning indoors where it belongs.
With news of the summer solstice taking over our social media feeds yesterday, there's no question as to whether or not summer is finally, officially upon us. (Hint: Yes, it's here.)
And what summertime means for homeowners is higher energy bills. Did you know that the average household spends more than $2,000 a year in energy bills? It's never fun seeing how much you're spending on air conditioning in the summer months, but if you've had your A/C breakdown in these months, you also know that cool air is more than a luxury—it's basically a necessity.
But what if we were to tell you that there are some small changes you can make in your lifestyle to keep the bill low? Luckily, the home experts at Home Depot gave us some pointers on keeping your home cool while saving energy. It's a win-win.
How to keep the hot air out and the cold air in
- Cool the exterior. One important part of keeping the hot air out of your home is to make sure your home isn't heating up too much from the outside. You can cool off the exterior with shade (from trees or awnings over windows), evaporative coolers, or misters.
- Get smart. Perhaps you're interested in jumping aboard the tech train? New technology has introduced "smart" thermostats that are programmable and can help adjust your energy output depending on when you are home or away. Though the price may be steep at first, it's a long-term investment in lower bills. (Check out CNET's top picks for 2017.)
- Caulk like you mean it. Give your seals around windows and doors a good look—if there are any tiny cracks, your cool air can escape, and the hot air can invade. Be sure to caulk every last spot to make these seals air-tight.
- Treat the windows. Windows should have window treatments if you're serious about conserving energy. You may also consider investing in the latest energy-saving glass—in addition to keeping your costs down, it will also update the look and feel of your home.
- Light up the LEDs. Certain, older light bulbs are notorious for bringing the heat and hiking up energy costs. Replace old bulbs with LEDs and reap the rewards of cool energy efficiency. Additionally, the Home Depot website also has a tool to give yourself a home efficiency audit, if you're curious how appliances can be made more efficient.
Stay cool out there, Charlotte!