5 Chilling Ways to Cool Your Home and Save Money
Oct 15, 2017
October is here, bringing with it the excitement of Halloween that appeals to children and adults alike. If you’re looking to cause a dip in your home’s temperature but are trembling at the thought of how it will spike your utility bill, fear not! As you decorate for this month’s festivities, try these “chilling” tips on how to cool your home without hindering its spooktacular vibes!
Shade Your Windows
Here’s a scary fact: up to 30 percent of the heat that seeps into your home comes from your windows. Yikes! Lower your blinds to stave off the “garish light of day” and you’ll soon feel a difference both in your room and your pockets. How, exactly?
Shading your windows can lower your home’s internal temperature upwards of 20 degrees and reduce your utility bill by up to 7 percent. Both your bank account and your friendly resident vampires will thank you.
Create a Chilling Breeze
Want to raise some goosebumps? Place a bowl of ice or something equally chilling at an angle in front of a fan. You’ll instantly create a cold breeze that will cool your home and send a shiver through unsuspecting guests. Keep in mind that ice will add a light mist. Dim the lights and flip on some spooky music, and you’ll have the perfect formula for an eerie ambiance!
Welcome the Night Air
In spite of Florida’s reputation for its “eternal summer” climate, the Sunshine State does have its share of cool nights. When you happen upon one, open the windows for a steady breeze. Give it oomph with a few strategically placed fans, and you’ll have the curtains (and any hanging Halloween decor) swaying in no time!
Get Rid of Those Incandescent Lights
If you’re still using incandescent lights, you’re wasting about 90 percent of the energy they use through the heat they emit. Talk about startling! Avoid this frightening reality by changing the bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps or CFL’s. Also, turn off the lights when you’re not using them! The energy savings will lower your utility bill. Besides, we all know the most exciting events on Halloween happen after the lights go out.
Try Blackout Curtains
Want to go a little darker? Don’t just shade your windows—block out the light with blackout curtains! You’ll shroud the room in darkness at all hours of the day and save money while you do it! The great part about blackout curtains is that you can use them long after the Halloween season ends. These common window shades are perfect for helping you cool your home year-around. Even if you only use them during the day when you aren’t at home, you’ll see a dent placed in your utility bill thanks to the substantial amount of heat it blocks from your windows.
Looking for Long-Term Cooling Solutions?
If you’re looking for additional ways to cool your home alongside your AC unit or HVAC system, take a look at FL Green Team’s blog! Every month we whip up new tips on home cooling, maintenance, and savings for Southwest Florida residents. You can also set an appointment with one of our trained and certified technicians by calling 239.432.1500.