Summer may have come and gone, but did the heat wave raise your HVAC bill? If it did, you’re not alone. A good heat wave can significantly crank up heating and cooling costs, leaving families with tighter budgets looking for alternatives to stay cool. You can also add the fact that more people are now into the “green” movement wherein energy-guzzling appliances like air conditioners aren’t exactly popular.
If you’re not keen on racking those HVAC bills up again, rejoice: there are various ways to cool your home down without even touching that thermostat. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Maximise Your Windows – While this tip may seem counterintuitive, opening the windows when it’s a swelter tends to make your home warmer. You could open them wide instead at night when the air outside is cooler. Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and only by utilising window treatments like shades and blinds can you beat the heat.