Think Cool

It's summer all across the country and the heat is on!

You may not control how hot it gets outside, but there are ways to stay cool and still save on your utility bills.

Fans

Fans can help air movement in your home, which creates a cooling sensation. Try and position fans by a window if possible or place two fans in a room to help with circulation. To add an extra cooling element, place a bowl of ice in front of your fans.

Having ceiling fans can lower the room temperature by as much as 5 degrees while only using a fraction of the energy an air conditioning unit would. On those really hot days, it can also compliment your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning

Let's face it. There are days where a fan just won't cut it and the trusty air conditioning unit is necessary to keep everyone comfortable. Keep your air conditioner near windows and away from heat-generating appliances. This will help to make your air conditioner more efficient.

To keep your air conditioner working well, replace your air filters on a regular basis. This will ensure there's no restrictions to airflow when in use. If you have an old air conditioning unit (over 10 years old), you may want to consider upgrading to a more energy efficient model, which will lower your energy costs without taking away the coolness.

Seal In the Cool Air

Now that your air conditioner is working well, you'll want to make sure you keep the cool air in. Your doors and windows can be the cause of air loss during the summer and winter months. Check the weather-stripping, sealant and caulking then replace if necessary. Not only will this help with keeping cool air in, but it will keep warm air in when winter returns. Drawing your curtains during the day to keep the sun out will also help your home cool.

If you have old windows, consider replacing them with modern windows. This can be a costly renovation, but could prove to be beneficial throughout the year.

Turn Things Off!

Your lights, appliances and electronics give off heat while in use. When cooking in the kitchen make sure you use the right pot with the right element for more efficient stove use. This will help make sure you don't create more heat than necessary to get dinner on the table.

Switching off your computer and TV when you leave the room will also keep them from heating up your rooms. Don't be fooled, turning your computer on and off won't really hurt it.

Incandescent light bulbs emanate a lot of heat while they're on. Switch to LED or compact fluorescent bulbs to keep your energy bills down and turn off the lights!

Hopefully some of these tips will help you stay cool in the summer sun. Enjoy the rest of the season!

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