When the temperature rises in St. Louis, you can bet AC units all over the city will be kicking into overdrive. This is especially true if your home wasn’t built to be energy-efficient. If you want to beat the heat without sacrificing the life of your cooling system or your budget, you have to get a little creative. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of five energy-efficient ways to keep your home cool when the mercury is on the rise. Check them out below!
Use Your Windows to Keep Your Home Cool
The greenhouse effect is very real and unless you have energy-efficient windows installed, chances are it’s contributing to the rising temps in your home. The good news? You can use it to your advantage! Stop UV rays from heating up your home with a simple strategy; Close the blinds on your eastern facing windows in the morning and western facing windows in the afternoon.
Be a Fan Fanatic
A strategically placed fan can go a long way in keeping your home cool. Set ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise to better circulate cool air. For rooms without ceiling fans, invest in a stylish table fan to create a breeze. With the potential to cool each room by three degrees, this energy-efficient way to keep your home cool is a must! It may not sound like much now but you’ll definitely thank us later!
Keep Your Home Cool by Creating Shade
Believe it or not, but keeping your home cool starts with the exterior. How? Strategically placed awnings and landscaping reduce how much light and heat enters the home. Use trees and shrubbery on the east and west side of your home to create shade. Fancy awnings have the added bonus of improving your home’s curb appeal, too!
Run Electronic Appliances at Night
Like light, electricity creates heat as a by-product. So, when you run electronics the temperature in your home rises. This can include anything from light bulbs and laptops to ovens and dryers. A simple and energy-efficient way to keep your home cool is to use appliances at night. Wait to run a load of laundry or start the dishwasher once temperatures have cooled a bit. Turning off lights when you’re not in the room is another easy way to do this.
Assess Your Home’s Insulation
When your home’s insulation isn’t up to snuff, it can have a big impact on your home’s temperature. While this is important in your entire home, the attic is a great place to start. After all, the sun’s rays directly hit your roof and heat your home! Get in touch with a trustworthy contractor experienced with energy-efficient insulation to get your insulation up to date. Some states even have programs to assist with the process or offer tax incentives.
Looking to move to a more energy-efficient home in the St. Louis area? Hibbs Homes can help! We specialize in green home building and Net Zero homes, which features geothermal heating and cooling to regulate your home’s temperature. Not only will you get a home customized to your unique needs and lifestyle, but you’ll never have to worry about keeping your home cool again! Find out more about our building process here, or contact our team for more information. We’re looking forward to chatting with you!