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How To Keep Your House Cool Without Using Too Much Energy

How To Keep Your House Cool Without Using Too Much Energy

USA- During the summertime, all we can think about is ways of cooling off.  But finding ways to keep your place cool can become pricey. There will always be someone there to sell you something, from a new roof to a new air conditioning system. A lot of companies have several claims that their products will save you energy and money, but how can you make sure that these products will in fact work and save you money on your next bill? Experts have some tips on how to keep your cool this summer. Lauren Urbanek is a senior program advocate, Center for Energy Efficiency Standards, Climate & Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. And Robert Daguillard is a spokesperson for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, they will guide us through some of our cooling questions and concerns. You can start with your windows, if the sun is shining directly at them, your house will get warm, but if you decide to leave your blinds down during the times that the sun will be shining through, you will be able to keep your house a bit cooler. Thermal curtains designed to keep heat can be a good idea and they will be a safe bet, says Urbanek. It will keep the light and heat from coming through, you might even consider blackout curtains or interior shutters. Hot air comes in from everywhere in your house, small cracks such as door frames, crawl spaces and if you have recessed lights its a potential area for hot air to come through.

If you add up all the small cracks where the hot air gets into your house, you will have a hole in the size of a basketball, which is pretty average for most houses. If you need help finding these little culprit areas in your house, look no further than your own utility company, they can provide you with a home audit, you will get professional diagnostic testing and they can provide you with a list of what you might want to invest in to fix these holes around the house. Insulation is important all year round says Urbankek, living in a century-old house, it might not be something fun to spend your money on, but it is necessary to do so sooner rather than later. Taking care of insulation in your attic and walls should be one of your first priorities, it will save you money in the long run and make your home feel more comfortable too. Thermodynamics work when heat travels from a hot place to a cooler place, explains Urbanek. If you don't have insulation your house will get hotter and your air conditioning will kick into overdrive and work harder. Its an age old question, should you leave your air conditioning running all day so it keeps your house at a comfortable temperature, and it won't have to work hard to bring it up to a comfortable temperature? or do you just turn it up a few degrees when you get home? Urbanek says it's about keeping things at an even keel. Heat flows from a hotter area to a cooler one, in this instance heat will come in from the outside into your nicely cooled home, but if you set your thermostat high to cool as soon as you are home, it will work harder, but if you leave it running all day, then come  home and turning up a few degrees, it will still work hard, but it will run for a shorter period of time.

That's why programmable thermostats are important, it allows you to set a temperature and forget about it, another great thing is that you can control it with your phone, this way you can start cooling your house down before you get home. Urbanek says the same rule applies to a window unit air conditioner,  you can turn them up to a higher temperature when you are not home, if you leave a cooling system running for too long, they will often fry the motor. If you are shopping for an air conditioning unit make sure you get the one that is a correct size for your room, says Daguillard. If you think bigger is better, and oversize air conditioner might actually be less effective and waste a lot of energy as well. As air conditioners remove both heat and humidity, a larger unit will cool the room down but it will give the room and damp and clammy feeling. Daguillard reminds us to of course purchase an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR Certified. They tend to use 10% less energy and cost about $70 a year to run, and of course be sure to install the unit correctly. Another way to save energy is to focus on the air in your home and how hot it actually is, if you have ceiling fans, make sure you use them. But also make sure they run in the correct direction, if you are standing under it, it should be running counterclockwise as it will pull cool air from the ground and blow it back down to you, and remember no need to run the air conditioner or fan if you are not in the room, as it will only use too much unnecessary energy.


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