In some areas of the country, air conditioning is an absolute must, both for being comfortable as well as protection from heat stroke. In other areas, the weather doesn't get hot enough to warrant central air conditioning. However, even in cooler areas it can still get quite warm during the hottest months of summer. Here's three energy-efficient ideas to keep your home cool without air conditioning.
Install Window Awnings
The sun beating down can add considerable warmth to your home. The rays pass through the windows and heat up every room. If you rely on heavy draperies, your home will be depressing and dark. Additionally, over time, the sunshine will also wreak havoc on your draperies and upholstered furniture, causing them to fade.
Retractable awnings are your best bet. These awnings will cut down on the amount of heat transference that comes into your home, and because they are retractable, you can close them in the winter, when you want the extra heat from the sun to help warm your home and reduce heating costs. Retractable awnings can also be closed when you know severe weather is coming.
Another great benefit of retractable awnings is they will add curb appeal to your home. They are available in many different colors and patterns. Retractable awnings aren't just for windows, either. You can install them over your deck or patio, which will make the space more hospitable to summer parties.
Install Ceiling Fans
Warm air eventually rises, but it can also make the air in a home feel stagnant. With ceiling fans, the air will keep circulating. During the summer months, the fans should be set to rotate counterclockwise, which will put the air down rather than up. This is especially useful if your bedrooms are upstairs as there is nothing worse than trying to sleep when it's hot.
In the winter months, you just have to flip a switch and the blades will rotate clockwise instead, pushing the warm air up and circulating it throughout your home. This could potentially reduce your heating bill.
Install Attic Vents
Having a contractor install attic vents will help in a few areas. Since hot air rises, it will always find its way eventually to your attic. These vents will allow the hot summer air a way out rather than staying trapped and heating up your house. Attic vents will prevent moisture retention, which isn't good for your roof and can lead to mildew or mold. In the winter, the cool air ventilation will mix with the warm and lessen the likelihood of ice dams forming on the roof.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at A & L Home Improvement.