Keeping your house cool in the summer can be difficult for some. They might feel like in order to keep the house comfortable they have to spend a ton of money. Although cranking the AC will keep your house cool, there are also other things that you can do to keep your house comfortable without spending all that money on energy. Here are some things you should know.
1. Keep The People Cool, Don't Worry As Much About The Temperature Of The House
Too many people worry about how cold the temperature of the house is. For example, they might think that it needs to be at 73 degrees to have everyone comfortable, but this is not the case. Instead, you just need the people inside the house to feel good. This means that the house could be 85 degrees and no one cares because you are cooling the people down. For example, you could drink cold drinks, eat popsicles, and serve and eat other cold refreshments because those items cool people down, even if they feel hot. Consider losing a layer of clothing. Don't wear socks or hats, and when you get home, walk around in a undershirt if you get too hot.
2. Keep The Air Moving
Another cheap and easy way to keep people cool is to move the air. Stagnant air will feel hotter than air that is moving. The air doesn't even have to be very cool to keep people comfortable. For example, having a ceiling fan running can make everyone feel more comfortable and cool down the room. Powering a ceiling fan is incredibly inexpensive. Additionally, putting box fans throughout the house is a great way to keep the air moving without costing you a lot of money.
3. Remove Extra Insulation Throughout The Rooms
Having good insulation inside the walls of the house will be a great thing for your HVAC system, but keeping extra filler insulation throughout the house in the summer could actually heat it up. For instance, having more rugs down, lots of blankets and pictures on the walls, will prevent the air from flowing through the house and keep the house warmer. This is why many people remove rugs and extra insulation during the summer and then pull it back out during the winter.
As you can see there are a couple easy things that you can do to keep the people in your house comfortable.