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3 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Cooling Your Home This Summer

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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Cooling Your Home This Summer

Many of us enjoy the warmth that summer brings. But too much of a good thing could be bad. 

When summer really heats up, your utility bills generally follow suit. 

Mostly because you make common mistakes when cooling your home this summer.

While running your air conditioning unit around the clock can help turn your home into a comfortably cool oasis from the brutal heat, it can also leave an enormous hole in your finances

By taking a few simple measures and steering clear of common blunders, you can dramatically limit AC usage while keeping your home nice and cool all summer long.

So, if a cost-effectively cool home is what you’re after, make sure to avoid these three common home cooling mistakes.


3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cooling Your Home this Summer  


1. Not putting ceiling fans to good use

Dependable ceiling fans are among the most effective cooling aids you should have on hand. 

If your home is currently in need of high-quality fans, there’s no time like the present to purchase and install some. 

Some people consider ceiling fans as ineffective alternatives to air conditioning. 

But the right ceiling fans can be a tremendous boon to your summertime cooling efforts – provided, of course, they’re properly utilized.
 
Ceiling fans can work with your mini split AC or central air conditioning system by distributing the cool air it produces to every area of your home.

By adjusting the fans’ blades to turn counterclockwise, they can produce a downward-flowing cooling breeze.

Ceiling fans are available in an extensive array of styles and sizes. If you’re looking to purchase a fan for an area that doesn’t have much ceiling space, a good flush mount ceiling fan should be right up your alley.

Mistake When Cooling Your Home This Summer: Not Putting Ceiling Fans to Good Use

2. Using your oven while the sun is out

Ovens can generate a fair amount of heat – so much, in fact, that any room adjacent to the oven will likely feel its residual heat. 

While this can be somewhat convenient throughout the winter, it’s nothing short of uncomfortable during the sweaty summer months. 

Make it a point of limiting oven use over the summer, particularly during daylight hours. 

If you can’t help it, at least wait until the sun has gone down before using it.

While being without an oven can present a number of culinary complications, it can also open the door for a host of exciting new food prep opportunities. 

You may be surprised by just how many health-conscious oven-free recipes are out there. If you’re fond of backyard barbecues, there’s no better time of year to give the old grill a thorough cleaning and throw on some burgers. 

By the time fall rolls around and you’ve expanded your culinary repertoire, you may actually be grateful to have been pulled out of your comfort zone.

Mistake When Cooling Your Home This Summer: Using the oven during the day

3. Keeping curtains and blinds open during the sun’s peak hours

Although sunlight can add natural lighting to your home, it can also contribute to excessively warm indoor temps, especially during the summer. 

Minimize the amount of direct sunlight entering your home during daylight hours. 

You can do this by closing your curtains and/or blinds while the sun is out – and by investing in thermal curtains or “blackout curtains” 

These specialized window dressings are composed of thick thermal materials that enable them to keep indoor sunlight to the barest possible minimum. Thermal curtains can also help prevent cool air from your AC from escaping and hot air from outdoors from entering. 

During the winter months, these curtains help seal in warm air and keep cool air at bay.

Mistake When Cooling Your Home This Summer: Keeping Curtains and Blinds Open During the Sun’s Peak Hours

Cooling an entire house throughout the summer months is no picnic – just ask any homeowner.

Depending on the size of your home and area, keeping your AC running all summer long can massively deplete your finances. 

Luckily, there are a number of easy steps you can take to cool your humble abode in a more efficient – and cost-effective manner. 

To enjoy a consistently cool home without spending a fortune, try to avoid the 3 common mistakes above.

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