Can you guess when the White House first became air conditioned? The answer may surprise you. It was during the Hoover administration, and it happened in 1929, just months after the stock market crash that kicked off the Great Depression and crippled the nation.
Fast forward nearly a century, and it’s a sure bet that all government buildings, as well most commercial buildings and about three quarters of homes in America, are kept at a pleasantly cool temperature when the summer heat hits. In some areas of the country, particularly the Southern and Western states where snow rarely falls and scarves are an accessory, not a necessity, the use of air conditioners is nearly ubiquitous.
In order to have air conditioning Cave Creek residents are generally prepared to pay up, but there’s no need to pay more than you have to. In addition to the usual tips like using a programmable thermostat, making sure your system is well maintained year ’round, and keeping your insulation in tip top shape, there are some other ways to lower your AC bill without raising the temperature that you might not know about.
Solar screens are a type of window screen that can let in fresh air but keep out bugs, just like traditional window screens. This type, however, also prevents up to 70% of solar energy from entering your home (and reducing the efficacy of your HVAC system). Solar screens are a great option if you like to open the windows occasionally, and keep them tightly shut with the AC running when it gets really hot.
Window film is a solution that’s similar to solar screens, except that the film is placed directly on the window itself, meaning that they won’t work if you open and close your windows. If you’re sealed shut 24/7, however, these transparent, metalized sheets will stop the sun’s rays and heat from entering your home and slowing down the air conditioning.
Step Away From That Oven!
This might go without saying, as many people don’t even feel like cooking when the mercury rises above a certain level, but don’t use your oven or stove during the warmest times of the day. Eat salads, drink smoothies, or nosh on takeout. If you must prepare a hot meal, turn to the microwave oven or the slow cooker to get the job done. Believe it or not, even baking a batch of cookies will raise the temps in your home, causing your VC to work that much harder to counteract the heat wave!
Use Fans Strategically
You may think you don’t need fans if you have central air, but they can help keep you cool by circulating that cool air throughout the house, as well as drying your perspiration. Supplement your air conditioner with a few strategically placed fans to bring down your energy bills.
It’s that time of year, when temperatures are starting to climb across the country. Keep cool with your AC, and stick to your budge with these tips!