There's a saying that you can always add more clothing to keep warm, but there's only so many clothes you can take off to keep cool. This could be why you have a higher energy bill during the summer months. There are ways to keep cool in your home, without ditching too many clothes and without turning down the thermostat any lower. See below for a few helpful tips.

Invest In A Programmable Thermostat

To help keep costs down, invest in a programmable thermostat to keep your home cool when you're at home and set to a higher temperature during the day when you aren't there. You can also program it to be at a higher temperature at night when you're sleeping, when it may be cooler outside.

Use Fans

Use ceiling fans in rooms that you are using to help keep you cool. Be sure to change the switch on your ceiling fan so it circulates the air by pushing the warmer air up. When not in the room, be sure to turn the fan off to help save energy.

Keep The Sun Out

When the sun is glaring in your windows, it can add heat to your house. Close your curtains or blinds to keep the sunlight out and to keep the cool air in. 

Unblock Vents

If you have toys, curtains or furniture blocking your air vents, move them to help the air circulate better throughout your home. 

Change How You Cook

Rather than cooking inside and using your oven, use a grill outside or cook your food in a slow-cooker or the microwave instead. The oven will add heat to your home, so change up how you cook during those hot summer days.

Stay Low

Warm air rises, while cooler air stays low. Try to stay in the lower levels of your home to stay cool. Use the basement more often (if you have one), or try to stay on the main floor of your home during the hotter times of the day.

Other Tips:

  • Take cold showers during the day if you get too hot. The cold water will help lower your body's temperature.
  • Seal gaps around your windows and doors to help keep hot air out. Use caulk around your windows and doors and replace broken weather seals.
  • Change your air filters in your HVAC system. The air filters help the air circulate in your home, if they are blocked the air will not circulate properly or efficiently. Be sure to change them often. You can find replacement filters at your local hardware store.

You can keep cool this summer without breaking the bank with a higher than normal energy bill. Be sure to also have your air conditioning unit inspected by a professional (like those at Hayes Heating & Cooling and other locations) before the start of the summer season to ensure it is in tip-top shape before the hot weather hits.