With summer temperatures bearing down harder each year, many of us living in inefficient housing may grimace at having to face high energy costs. Running an outdated wall air conditioning unit may give you relief in the short-term, but will absolutely destroy you in monthly energy bills. So if updating your current HVAC system or even getting a new window or wall air conditioner is out of the question, here are some ways to get the most out of your existing system.
Set Your Thermostat to 78℉ in the Hot Months
Do not do this if doing so would be medically inadvisable or otherwise detrimental to human life.
By setting the thermostat to 78℉, the HVAC system will not have to work as hard to compensate for temperature fluctuations.
Utilize Your Ceiling Fans and Box Fans
If your home has ceiling fans, these are great for keeping occupants comfortable by circulating air throughout the home. Box fans can also help move air throughout the house to ensure no area becomes stagnant.
Keep Your Blinds Drawn
When direct sunlight pours into your home, its heat is stored in the furnishings and walls, which can heat up a room for hours afterwards. By keeping your blinds shut, the heat does not have a chance to build up, and even if you cannot run an air conditioner for some reason, this is one of the best and most underrepresented ways to keep your home cooler throughout the day.
Take a Cold Shower or Bath
Some of us may be hardwired to take a steaming hot shower or bath, but much like jumping into a sauna, doing so will only increase your core body temperature. If you feel like you need to cool off fast, taking a cold shower or bath is the quickest way to drop your body temperature to a safer level, or for some much needed relief.
Sleep and Dress in Breathable Materials
In a blistering heat wave, the last thing you will want to cuddle up to is some thick wool, believe me. So to help keep your body cool, be sure to use cotton sheets and wear cotton clothes. As for both, the lower the thread count, the better when it comes to breathability. You will definitely want any cool air in your house to be able to reach you.
Cook in the Morning
No matter the season, kitchens tend to retain the heat that they produce for some time after cooking. So on that note, be sure to do all of your cooking in the morning or evening time as the outside temperature is dropping, and be sure to use your hood vent to help everything along, as well.
How FAMCO Can Help
FAMCO is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of HVAC supplies and accessories in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you are looking for dryer vents or roof caps, we have what you are looking for. If you have any questions regarding our products or services, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We will be more than happy to help.