How to keep your home cool without air conditioning
While there’s no doubt that we all love summertime in Ottawa, we certainly don’t love the air conditioning bill that comes along with it. The only thing worse than a hefty energy bill due to overreliance on air conditioning, is an unbearably hot house to live in during the summer months.
Fortunately, Marlboro can help! Windows have a lot to do with your home’s energy efficiency and temperature. Here are some eco-friendly and money-saving tips to help you beat the summer heat – without turning on your cooling system.
1) Be a smooth (window) operator
There’s a common misconception that open windows, no matter the time of day, will keep your home cool. In the hot summer months, this isn’t necessarily the case. The trick here is to keep your windows and blinds shut during the day. This keeps the sun’s rays and heat out of your home, maintaining lower internal temperatures. When it’s nighttime and there’s a cool breeze, prop open your windows to let in the cool night air.
Can’t do without that natural sunlight? Do your home a favour and at least keep your east and west facing windows closed during the daytime, since they face the sun.
2)Ensure your windows are coated
Buying new windows with coatings applied to the glass is one of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer by reflecting hot sunrays away from your home. When shopping around for coated windows, make sure you consult a professional to ensure you’re buying the right type. Marlboro offers a full range of glass coatings on our windows which help reduce cooling costs, including soft coat low-emissivity (low-E) and hard coat low-E.
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3) Buy plants
Aside from freshening your home and adding colour, some types of indoor plants can actually keep your home cooler. Plants use photosynthesis in order to live, which means they take in water and light (heat) to create their own food.
Likewise, surrounding your home’s exterior with plants that will soak up the sun and provide shade will help reduce your home’s internal temperatures. Not only will they help keep your home cool during the summer months, they’ll also add to your home’s curb appeal.
4)Invest in a portable fan
Turning on portable fans in the summer months when you need them the most is usually cheaper than letting your AC run all day long. Portable fans are perfect for your home in Ottawa because you can place them wherever you may need them around the house. Another bonus: you can place your fan near your open window at night, which will distribute the cold air around your house.
5)Avoid using appliances during the daytime
Common appliances such as the oven, dishwasher, and microwave create heat and will increase the temperature of your home. Save the cooking and cleaning until after sundown, if at all possible. Also, unplug as many appliances around the house as you can. Even if an appliance is turned off, they can still use energy through the socket and cost you money.
6) Invest in new windows
Is it time for you to invest in new, energy efficient windows for your home this summer? Getting energy efficient windows is the best way to keep your home cool and comfortable during hot Ottawa summers. The type of windows you choose will greatly impact the temperature of your home, so it’s best to do a bit of research. For example, new windows that are ENERGY STAR certified, such as vinyl or hybrid window options, will help to keep cooling costs down.
Hopefully, with these tips and tricks, you will be able to keep your cool this summer and avoid hefty energy bills!
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