Summer tips: keeping your home cool

It’s official: Summer is here. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced yesterday the official onset of the dry season with the end of the northeast monsoon. Weathermen advised Pinoys to wear light clothing, caps and apply sun block for protection against harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun, they say this year’s summer would be hotter than in the past.

As the temperature rises, so does the cost of cooling your home especially if you use an air conditioner. Though air conditioner is the best way to keep our home cool during summer, I guess it’s time to think and find other options that won’t raise your energy bill quite significantly. This summer you can minimize the use of your air conditioner, why not try these environmentally-friendly alternative. Fundamentally, the idea is to minimize sources of heat and remove built-up heat from inside.

A ceiling fan is a great alternative to an air condition, it’s decorative and doesn't make a lot of noise. Ceiling fan can be a great investment for your home, this one appliance can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. Use the fan to move cool air in the summer (blades rotate counter-clockwise) and warm air in the winter (reverse the motor so that the blades rotate clockwise). In the summer, the fan creates a "wind-chill" effect, making you feel cooler. In the winter, the rotation of the blades creates a slight updraft which moves the warmer air at the ceiling downward to warm the room. Ceiling fans not only provide that relief from the heat, but also can help homeowners save money and energy all year long.

Always remember that the best way to keep your home cool is to keep the heat out. So to reflect the heat away from the house, install white window shades, drapes, or blinds. Also close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun (east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon) to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans or air conditioners cool more efficiently.

Internal heat- the most common sources of internal heat gain are; appliances, electronic devices, and lighting. Now if you have air conditioning, use it wisely. Don’t put lamps, televisions or other heat-generating appliances next to your air-conditioning thermostat, the heat they produce will cause the air conditioner to run longer. When cooking, use your range fan to vent the hot air out of your house. By reducing the amount of heat in your home, you will have to use less energy to cool it.

2 comments:

Genejosh March 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

hi...ur ceiling fan here looks so attractive, unique and mukhang mamahalin..diba kaya mas mahal pa to compared sa aircon?

Mommy Elvz March 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

hmm..hehe oo nga no? pero there are so many affordable ceiling fans out there naman i'm sure you can find one that is cheaper and economical :)

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