Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool on a Budget
It’s official—temperatures across the U.S. are rising. As a result, many people are searching for ways to keep their homes cool and energy bills low. Aside from actual outdoor heat, other factors can contribute to a steamy, uncomfortable home. Below are three simple steps to help you stay cool on a budget.
- Change your air filters. At the beginning of the spring and summer seasons, change the air filters inside your home’s central air conditioning system. Dirty air filters can cause your air conditioner to work twice as hard to keep your home cool, wasting valuable energy dollars and potentially harming the HVAC system. A quick inspection of your air filters can save on your energy bill and possibly prevent expensive repairs.
- Maintain a healthy humidity level in your home. The amount of humidity in your indoor air actually plays a significant role in creating a comfortable ambient temperature in your home. If the relative humidity in your home is high, this can cause the temperature to feel warmer than it actually is and muggy. Using a dehumidifier, like the Winix WDH751 70-Pint Dehumidifier, will remove excess moisture from your environment and make your home feel cooler even at a higher temperature. Maintaining a healthy humidity level also protects your home from harmful mold and mildew growth. To learn more about the role that relative humidity plays in keeping your indoor environment healthy, check out our Understanding Relative Humidity article.
- Use spot cooling. Let’s face it, you spend more time in some rooms of your house than others. So, why spend extra money maintaining a chilly temperature throughout your entire home, when you can add an economical blast of a cool just to the areas that need it most? Using a portable air conditioner, you can easily direct cool air to areas where you spend the most time such as your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. Plus, many portable air conditioners, such as the Whynter Eco-Friendly 14000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, come with programmable timers that allow you to control how often the device operates, thermostatic control to ensure that the portable AC cycles on and off to maintain a precise, consistent temperature, and hassle-free drainage technology to prevent you from constantly emptying buckets of water.
Additionally, the Whynter 14,000-BTU portable AC features an eco-conscious design that incorporates environmentally-friendly CFC-free refrigerant, lead-free RoHS compliant components, and dual-hose operation that cools your space faster while using less energy. For more information about the advantages of using a portable air conditioner to cool your room, read our article Lower Your Energy Bill with a Portable Air Conditioner.