3 Ways to Avoid Running Your AC This Spring

April 16, 2016
Ross and Witmer

When it starts to warm up in your Charlotte, North Carolina, home, you may be hesitant to turn on your air conditioner just yet. Save some energy this spring by trying these three ways to cool your home without running the AC.

Let Your Windows Do the Work

Assuming you live in a safe neighborhood and have window screens, consider keeping your windows open during the day and at night to let a breeze enter your home. If you don’t get enough of a breeze to stay cool, turn the fans on when you are in that specific room. Keep in mind that fans actually cool your skin instead of the room, so it wastes energy having the fan on when you’re not in it.

If the sun makes your home feel too hot, consider shutting the blinds during the daylight hours or planting shade trees along your home to keep the sun out. If you want the natural light in your home, shut the blinds on the side of your home that receives the most direct sunlight.

Add Insulation to Your Attic

Attic insulation doesn’t just help keep your home warm in the winter; it also contributes to cooling your home down during the spring and summer. Insulation works to keep hot air out during these seasons by placing a barrier between the outside and inside of your home. If you’re handy, it’s possible to add insulation yourself. However, for many people, it’s better to let the experts add insulation for you.

Lower the Humidity

A humid home tends to be a hot home. When you live in a climate that gets exceptionally humid, your home feels warmer than it should. Invest in a dehumidifier to pull excess water out of the air when the temperature starts to heat up. You can measure the humidity in your home to make sure you keep it at a stable, healthy level. Humidity not only affects how hot you feel, but it can also encourage mold growth and affect your sleep.

If you want to add insulation to your attic or discuss other ways to keep your home cool, we are here to help. Contact Ross & Witmer at 704-392-6188 to schedule an appointment with us.

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