Because we’re right in the middle of the summer, there’s a good chance that you’ve been dealing with some very heated days inside and outside the house. Enjoying the luxury of air conditioning while still keeping your air conditioning costs down, is a creatively crafted art form that has prompted this list of ways to be cool and keep your cash.
1. Embrace your Inner Vampire and Close Your Blinds
Sunlight on summer mornings are great. But opening up those blinds and letting the light inside can also be letting in a lot of the heat that you’re trying to avoid from the sun’s rays. Closing your curtains and blinds during the day helps keep the house cooler so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard.
Also, close all of your windows and keep exterior doors closed throughout the day until the sun goes down and it’s cool enough to open the blinds, curtains and windows for the night breeze. This is especially important when using your central air because you want to cool off your home and not air conditioning Las Vegas because of open doors and windows. So learn from the vampire and keep the sunlight out of your home.
2. Hit the Mall or Movie Theatre
If you don’t have air-conditioning or you want to save on the usage of your air conditioning at home, spend some time at the shopping mall or at a movie theater. Most public places keep their facilities cool, which means that you don’t have to. Also, many cities have cooling centers which are open to the public on hot summer days.
3. Eat Spicy Food
As awesome as barbeques are in the summer, adding heat to hot weather doesn’t sound like the best plan. Instead of eating and preparing hot foods, try out smaller meals which contain low fat dairy products and cold fruits, so turn off the stove keep your diet cool.
BONUS COOL TIP: Try eating spicy food. If you haven’t noticed, many people in hotter areas of the world eat spicy food because it increases your body’s perspiration which cools the body when it evaporates.
4. Make Your Own Mini Air Conditioner
Try this…Take a metal bowl and fill it with ice. Put the bowl in front of a fan, and adjust the fan so it blows over the ice. As the ice melts, the air cools and the fan will blow that air at you.BONUS COOL TIP: Also try turning on your stove fan on the ventilator. This will pull the hot air out of the house and pull the cool evening air into the house.
5. Get Naked
Get naked! Seriously. If you’re in the comfort of your home or in a situation where you can do without clothes, go for it. The less clothes you have on at home, the cooler your body is. If nudity isn’t an option, wear next-to-nothing. Underwear or a swimsuit are good options as well as natural, loosely-woven fabrics like silk and cotton instead of rayon, polyester and other artificial fabrics that retain heat.
BONUS COOL TIP: Also, wear light-colored clothing. Dark colors retain and absorb heat from the sun and stay warmer longer than light-colored clothes.
6. Wear an Air Conditioned Shirt
Try out the USB Air Conditioned Shirt. It has a cool, USB- fan that blows fresh air into the shirt which is powered by your USB drive and with the portability of a laptop or other electronic devices, you can take the coolness on the go!
7. Take Care of Your Air Conditioner
Get Annual checkups
If you have central air, Make sure you get annual checkups of your central air and air conditioners, which should cover both the cooling and heating seasons. A professional will be able to determine if you have any problems with your system and save you money on your energy bills before they get too big to handle.
Adjust Your Thermostat
If you have central air controlled by a thermostat, using a programmable thermostat for your central air or air condition can save energy and save you money by keeping your central air off during the day when your house is empty. And you can set a time on the programmable thermostat to heat and cool when you’d like, which can save you hundreds of dollars each year!
Clean Your Air Filter
Whether you have central air or a room air conditioner, a dirty filter will reduce the efficiency of your central air or air conditioner by making it use more energy. This will cost you more money in the long run. So change your air filter every three months and check your HVAC system’s air filter monthly as well.
For more information on AC repair in Las Vegas, contact Windy City Air at 702.932.7284.