Most of us want a home that’s cool in summer and warm in winter, right? Seems simple enough. So, why does it seem so difficult to achieve?
If you can get this balance right, it’s quite easy to save money on your bills. While also having a nice temperature in the home at all times.
Let’s take a look at how you can make sure your home is exactly how you want it. In both summer and winter.
Draw the Curtains
This is a really simple tip that works both to keep your home warm and cold. During the winter, keeping your curtains closed can prevent drafts. Therefore, keeping your house nice and snuggly. However, the same technique can be used in the summer. Install some shades on the windows at the west and east of your property. This is where the sun is going to bear down and fill your house with heat. Keep them closed during the day, where possible, and your home will stay a lot cooler.
Want to stop that sun from turning your house into a sauna? You’re going to need to get those gardening gloves out! You can plant shade trees around the outside of your home to prevent the sun from beating down on you. The taller, the better! This will also work well if you’ve got those curtains drawn, from the last tip. If you’re using solar power to heat your home in the winter, make sure you avoid putting trees in the southern part of your garden. Otherwise, you won’t get the most of the winter sun.
If you live in a really hot climate then sometimes the only option is investing in air conditioning. You need to ensure that it’s properly sized for your home. Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting electricity or not getting the full benefits. You should also not use a dehumidifier at the same time as your air conditioner, as this can reduce the cooling load and push it to work harder. Meaning you’ll spend a fortune on utility bills!
Use Your Appliances
Or don’t use your appliance, in some instances. During the winter, you can warm the home up simply by opening the oven once you’ve finished cooking. This will let the hot air spread through the house creating a snuggly environment. During the summer, don’t turn those appliances on until night. The energy they kick out can make your house really hot, when you’re already struggling with the temperature. Be clever about how you use your appliances.
Again, this works both for summer and winter. During the hotter months, keep all outside doors closed where possible. Leaving them open will just bring in humid air, which isn’t going to keep anyone cool. At nighttime, you can leave doors and windows open for natural ventilation. In the winter, you should keep your home closed up as tightly as possible. Any room that’s not being used should be kept shut. This will prevent any warm air from escaping and turning that room into an igloo.
These tips are so simple you might wonder why you’ve never used them before! Many of them can be used for both summer and winter too. Which ones will you be giving a try next season?