Incandescent bulbs waste about 90% of their energy through the heat that they emit. By switching to LED or CFL bulbs, you'll not only be able to keep your home cooler, but also lower your electric bill.
2. Put Ice in Front of a Fan.
Fans, in conjunction with your AC, are a great way to get cool air circulating throughout your home. Fill a bowl with ice or grab an ice pack to sit in front of a large fan. This will help keep the room much cooler and get that cool air circulating around the room, allowing the AC to work less.
3. Cook Outdoors Instead of Inside.
Appliances, such as your oven and range, emit quite a bit of heat. Grilling out during the summer months is not only fun, but also a way to keep your home cooler. Cook outside when possible or prepare meals that don't require cooking.
Cooling down your body temperature can make it feel cooler inside without actually changing the temperature of the air around you. Drink plenty of ice water throughout the day, and apply a cold cloth to your neck and wrists. Drinking a glass of cold water before bed will lower your body temperature and reduce the likelihood of you sweating during the night.
5. Swap Out Your Bedding.
During the hot summer months, consider swapping out your bedding. Cotton sheets breathe easier and stay cooler than flannel, fleece or polyester linens. Cotton bedding will also transfer moisture away from the skin. Buckwheat pillows are also cooler, as the buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them. They also won't hold in your body heat like conventional pillows.
6. Close the Blinds During the Day.
By simply closing your blinds to keep the sun's rays from entering your home, you can keep your home cooler and allow your AC system to work a little less hard. Most of the unwanted heat during the summer months comes from your windows. Therefore, utilizing blinds and curtains can lower the temperature inside your home drastically.
The Lake area typically cools off quite a bit during the night hours. Take advantage of this cooler time of day by opening the windows to let the naturally chilled air flow indoors and lower the temperature in your home. Just make sure that you close them in the morning before it gets too hot.
Another way to ensure your home stays cool and your system isn't overworked is to schedule regular maintenance with your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company. Keeping your unit clean and changing the filters regularly will help in the effort of keeping your equipment working efficiently. For all your AC needs at the Lake, give Royal Heating and Air a call at 573-480-4313.