Cooling and heating are one of the important things to discuss since this uses most of the energy than any other system in your home. This will give impact to the environment thus learning on how to cool your home naturally would be of great contribution in preserving Mother Nature. According to study, heating and cooling systems are affecting the atmosphere for it emits over half billion of tons of carbon dioxide each year thus adding to global warming and climate changes. Adding to this, it also releases sulfur dioxide which is a principal component in acid rain.
When we are talking about cooling a home, it often comes to our mind the use of air conditioners that is adding too much of the electricity cost especially during hot summer days. There are much of the things to cool ones home without having to spend so much on professional installations and expensive retrofits. Below are some of the cooling techniques with low-cost and does not provide immense impact on the environment and energy bill.
First, is blocking the heat. There are three ways to block heat from entering your home namely: insulation, reflective barriers and shading. Insulating, caulking and weather-stripping your homes are essential to keeping your home warm in cold climates but also keeping your home cool during hot weather. The heat is absorb through the roof insulating those will keep this heat from radiating to the entire house. It would be best to have fiberglass insulation which is easy to install though thinking about the cost, this can be recouped immediately in lower energy bills. Caulking and weather-stripping would also prevent warmer air getting in from leaking into your home. The materials for these are of low-cost and application is simple.
When building a house take into consideration it’s color. Dark-colored home exteriors absorb most of the radiant energy from the sun that hits the home’s surfaces. In contrast, the light-colored surfaces certainly reflect most of the heat away from your home. Aside from that, installing radiant barrier is also one of the method for reflecting incoming heat. This inhibits heat transfer by thermal radiation. You can use insulation like foam, fiberglass or bubble pack and installed it facing a dead air space in a layer.
Shading is the simplest way in keeping your home cool and reduce energy consumption. A lot have been said about landscaping one’s house and working on the drapes and blinds would also contribute to the coolness of your home. Trees can be used to shade your homes and reduce your energy bills. Drapes and curtains made of light-colored fabrics reflect much of the sun’s rays and help reduce heat gain. The tighter the curtain is to the wall, the better it will reduce heat gain.
Second, is removing the interior heat. There are a lot of ways as to how you can control the heat inside your home. You can easily open the windows on the side from where the breeze is coming. Leave interior doors open, and open the upstairs windows on the opposite side of the house. This is most effective when the outer temperature is higher than the outside temperature. Another, you can use ceiling fan instead of air conditioners. Ceiling fans are efficient and use less electricity compared to air conditioners. There are different models that are available with reverse rotation which can be used in winter to pull warm air down from the ceiling. In addition to that, you can also use programmable thermostats. This will let you adjust the the time turning on the heating and air conditioning. Since this is programmable thus you don’t need to operate the equipment especially when you’re out or asleep.
Lastly, reducing heat sources. If you think heat is only generated from the outside, then now you will know a lot of factors causing heat within the house. Here are some:
1. Turn off incandescent lights. We were thinking that 100% energy that goes to the incandescent bulb turns out to light. It is only 5% of it and the remaining comes out as heat.
2. Reduce sources of humidity. When drying your clothes, vent it to the outside. Use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathroom and cover pots when cooking. These will not only reduce heat but also saves you electricity.
3. Seal off laundry room and line-dry clothes. When washing and drying, make it early morning or late evening which you can tolerate the heat inside the room. If possible, lessen the use of dryers for this releases substantial amount of heat and consume a lot of electricity.
4. Shut gas supply to fireplace and heaters. The pilot light generates a considerable amount of heat, and should be off during warm months. Fireplace needs to be turned off during hot months for it minimizes the loss of cooler air inside the home.
5. Insulate water heater. Water heater gives out heat thus minimizing it is possible by the use of water heater blanket. This simple technique will also greatly increase the efficiency of your water heater, resulting in lower energy bills.
There are many ways on how to cool one’s home naturally though not all are mentioned here but these are all applicable depending on your own preference.