If you find it challenging to strike a good balance between meeting your cooling needs in the summer and saving on energy bills, you’re not alone. But did you know that you could implement some natural cooling strategies and cut down on air-conditioning costs? Below are some useful, natural cooling methods.
Block Your Windows
Windows can absorb the sun’s heat and allow it to move indoors. Close your window shades and curtains during the day to curb encroaching sunlight. You can consider installing a thermal barrier on your south-facing windows, since those windows receive the most direct sunshine.
Use Ceiling Fans
Set your ceiling fans to spin counterclockwise in the summer months. That makes them pull hot air upward and push cold air to the lower half of your rooms, making you feel cooler.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lights
Incandescent light bulbs radiate heat that can warm up your home with longer use. Consider switching to energy-efficient lights, such as LEDs or CFLs, especially in the most commonly used areas of your home.
Unplug Unused Electronics
Most electronic equipment generates heat even when you’re not using it. Unplug electronics when not in use to reduce the heat they emit.
Your stove and oven heat up your home as you cook your favorite meals. Consider creating an outdoor kitchen where you can cook your meals so you can take advantage of natural cooling outdoors — and even have an outdoor family feast.
Make Good Use of Greenery
Strategically placed trees can help block out the sun without their limbs, roots, or branches causing harm to your home. Growing vines and creepers on indoor dividers or screens and balcony grills can help keep your home cooler. Plants like aloe vera, ferns, and Areca palm absorb toxins in your indoor air, helping keep the house cool.
These natural cooling tips will help you stay comfortable at home while using less air conditioning. Contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing if you need any heating or air-conditioning services in the Indianapolis area. We offer energy-efficient HVAC installations, repairs, and proactive maintenance that enhance your home comfort and save you money.