Our California summer is nearly here, and with it comes the struggle to stay cool. But cranking up the air conditioner as high as it’ll go just hikes up your monthly electric bills and isn’t a sustainable solution.
We sat down with our extensive team at JW and discussed creative and practical ideas on how to cool your home without air conditioning. Yes, it is possible!! Use these simple but effective tips this summer to stay cool.
i told my mom to turn the AC on she said talk when u pay the bills. when i die of heat and the funeral bill comes i hope she has the same energy
— kenza (@kenzaaboutarik) June 29, 2018
Reverse Ceiling Fan Directions
If you use your ceiling fan in the winter months, you’ve figured out how to be a smart energy consumer! When it’s set to rotate clockwise, a ceiling fan distributes warm air more effectively. This is hardly helpful in the summer when that’s the last thing you want to do!
Use Blackout Curtains During the Day
Blackout curtains are incredibly effective at blocking sunlight and heat rays from the outdoors. By keeping these thick and sometimes reflective curtains shut during the warmest hours of the day, you can reduce the amount of solar gain in your home and prevent temperatures from rising indoors.
Embrace Your Crockpot This Summer
Standing over a hot oven or stove to make a healthy meal for your family is hardly on the list of enjoyable tasks for the summer months. You’re in luck! Crockpots aren’t just for the soups and stews of the fall and winter.
Make Popsicles with Your Family
This is every kid’s favorite summer activity, and it’s especially easy on the bank balance. Whip up a healthy and simple mix of your favorite fruits and juices and pour it into a popsicle mold. A quick toss in the freezer, and you’ve got an instant temperature-dropping snack ready in a few hours.
Open The Windows at Night
When the sun sets, and there’s a bit of blessed relief in the outside temperature, it’s time to throw back the curtains and let the moon shine in! Once the decrease in temperature drops below a manageable level, allow mother nature to help you cool your home by opening all the windows and bringing in the cooler temperatures.
You can also set up a box fan or oscillating fans in front of the windows to speed up the cooldown. Set up a cross breeze by opening windows at opposite ends of the room or your home and expel the warm stale air while replenishing it with the fresh night air. Keep fans going all night for a cooler and more cost-effective start to tomorrow.
Invest in a Whole House Fan
This is a more complex solution that may not be an option for everyone. A whole house fan works similarly to the fans in front of your windows, only without the eyesore. Turning on the fan at night with all the windows cracked and interior doors open, even for a short period of time, can rapidly reduce the temperature inside.
Don’t Forget to Tune-Up Your AC
An air conditioner that doesn’t run efficiently doesn’t cool as quickly and won’t last as many years as it should. Your air conditioner has been dormant over the cooler months and may need a tune-up to run efficiently. But AC maintenance is something many California homeowners don’t remember to schedule until it’s far too late in the season.
Schedule an AC maintenance service call with our team today! Click here to reserve a appointment online.