If you're wondering why your air conditioning bill is so high, and why you run the AC constantly but your house never seems to cool down, you probably have cracks in your house that are letting the hot air in and the cool air escape. It's time to grab a caulking gun and go to town on those cracks. If you do this properly, you should see a significant difference within hours.
Most people don't like to feel like they're living in a cave, but sometimes compromise is necessary. If you have blackout shades, that's great, but any type of shades will work. Simply pull the shades during the day to act as a heat shield. This is probably the best way to keep the heat out, short of spending thousands of dollars on new tinted windows.
When you use your dishwasher, what, besides the soap, is cleaning the dishes? When you use your dryer, what is being used to dry the clothes? That's right — heat! If you're trying to keep your house cool without using the AC, then using appliances that require heat to function is probably not the best idea. Try hand-drying your dishes and wait to do your laundry until the heat of the day has passed.
In hot climates it is nearly impossible to keep all the heat out of your house. This is when you can let nature provide a cool oasis for your home. If you plant trees in the front yard, it may take a while for them to grow, but once they do, the payoff will be well worth the wait. When the trees are fully grown, they will block the sun from entering through the windows and heating up your house.
It's no surprise that it is much cooler at night, so why do we keep the house closed up then? It's time to open up those windows while you're sleeping. If you keep the house opened up during the night and let the cool air in, you can trap it and keep your house cool the next day. It is important to close up the windows early in the day before the weather starts heating up because all the cool air from the night will be cancelled out.
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