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Ecological alternative cooling – fans, curtains, blinds, shutters

As the temperature increases, so does the cost of cooling the house, especially if you use an air conditioner. Obviously, the best way to keep your house cool in summer is to use your air conditioning unit, but there are other options that do not significantly raise the energy bill too. Air conditioning can provide a steady coolness during hot days, but it is not always environmentally friendly. This summer, try these environmentally friendly alternatives:

Fans

If you are looking for ways to beat the heat, a ceiling fan could be a good investment for your home. This can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. Even the most powerful fans use very little energy, even though it is on for 12 hours a day. A good fan can lower the temperature and save on air conditioning costs. Fans do not use much energy, but when air flows into the room, it makes it feel much cooler. Ceiling fans are the best, but a good portable fan can be very effective as well.

Windows, blinds, curtains and shutters

Install white windows, blinds, curtains or shutters to reflect heat away from home. Seneca Creek Home Improvement advises that if your windows are more than ten years old, you can turn the air conditioner down as low as it will go and you’ll still not feel comfortable. You’ll want to close your blinds, shutters and curtains that are directed towards the sun. You’ll also want to direct windows to the east in the morning and to the west in the afternoon to help fans or air conditioners to cool more efficiently. Remember always the best way to keep your house cool is to keep heat away from home.

Internal heat

The most common sources of internal heat come from appliances, electronics and lighting. Do not place lamps, televisions or other heat generating devices near the air conditioning thermostat, because the heat from these appliances will cause the air conditioner to run longer. Heat produced by them will make you think it is hotter than it really is and the system will run longer than necessary.

Unless you absolutely need them, turn off incandescent lights and appliances that generate heat. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent ones as they produce the same wattage of light but use a fifth of the energy.

You should also try to avoid heat-generating activities such as cooking on hot days or during the hottest times of the day. By reducing the amount of heat in the house, you should use less energy to cool it down.

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