In the warmer months, it can be quite tempting to reduce the temperature of the air conditioning system in your home. You may also find yourself plonking down in front of the closest fan. However, there are a number of different ways you can keep cool during the summer months, without increasing your electric bill. Here we take a look at how you can keep your home and garage cool during the summer months:
Tips to Keep Your Keep Your Home Cool During Summer
- Make it a point to keep your blinds closed during the daytime.
- Invest in good quality blackout curtains.
- Close off unused rooms so that your HVAC system has to cool only the ones that are occupied.
- Set all the ceiling fans in your house to rotate counter-clockwise. This provides a wind-chill breeze effect that can make you feel much cooler.
- Switch on the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. All the hot air will get expelled outdoors when you’re cooking or bathing.
- Switch to LED lighting. Incandescent lights emit a significant amount of heat. When you have a lot of lights switched on around the house that can increase the indoor temperature and make these spaces uncomfortable. Hotter indoor air stresses the air conditioning system and increases your electric bills.
- Use your outdoor kitchen or BBQ areas for evening meals- this reduces the use of indoor gas and oven appliances that emanate heat.
- Add awnings to the exterior of your home – patios, balconies and terraces etc. These help shade the indoor areas from the glare and heat of the sun.
- Install shade trees around your home, especially near large glass windows.
Tips to Keep Your Garage Cool During Summer
While most people use different methods to keep their home cool during the hot summer days, they rarely pay the same amount of attention to their garage. There are a number of ways that you can keep your garage cool during the hotter months:
- If you have windows in your garage, open them to keep the circulation going.
- Keep the garage doors open when possible. However, if the garage is attached to your house and has an interconnecting door, keep it closed. This is because you do not want any toxic fumes infiltrating your living space.
- It’s a good idea to upgrade the insulation because the garage space can become pretty cool during the winter time and extremely hot during summer. If there isn’t any drywall in the garage, you can install insulation batts. The installation is quick, and you have the option to cover it with either foam board or drywall if your area’s building code permits it. If you already have a drywall in the garage, you can simply opt for blown-in insulation. Aside from this, you can install weather stripping, and try caulking the garage windows and doors.
- If the roof of the garage is sufficiently high (7’ or more), installing a fan on the ceiling is one of the best and most cost-effective ways of keeping your garage cool. Based on the size of the garage you can install more than one fan if required.
- While extending your home’s air conditioning into the garage space can be quite expensive, you can always install a window air conditioner or a portable floor unit in your garage. A mini split air conditioner is also a cost-effective option. It’s also quite convenient as it doesn’t rely on any windows.
- You can install a dehumidifier in the garage as it reduces the relative humidity in the space, keeping it cooler.
Decluttering the garage and keeping everything well organized is also a great way of improving the airflow in this space, which helps maintain a more comfortable temperature.