Summer is upon us — and that means keeping cool outdoors can seem like a never-ending challenge. (Luckily there are several great beaches in the Twin Cities to enjoy.)
But it doesn’t have to be a challenge indoors! In fact, these home comfort ideas will help you save energy, lower your utility bills — all while keeping your home at a reasonably cool temperature.
Install a programmable thermostat
Save energy by setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re not at home. When used correctly, a programmable thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars in yearly energy costs.
Keep blinds and drapes closed on windows that face the sun
Heat through the windows can raise the temperature of your home. Blocking out direct sunlight allows you to keep your home cooler. Install reflective window coatings to block out heat and minimize glare from the sun.
Also, take care to seal air leaks around your home. Cool air often escapes through doors, windows, and other parts of the home that are not insulated properly. Install weather-stripping and increase insulation to close up leaks.
Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours
Cook outdoors on the grill instead of using the oven, or opt for the microwave. Air dry your laundry instead of using a hot dryer as well. This will save energy in addition to keeping your home cool.
Install ceiling and attic fans
Attic and ceiling fans can not only help things on the cool side, they can also help reduce cooling costs. Tip: Set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise, so it draws cooler air from the ground.
Schedule a professional AC tune-up
A professional AC tune-up will not only ensure you keep your air conditioner running at its best, it can also help avoid more costly repairs in the future.
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