Managing Your Indoor Climate
With the summer heat coming in, your air conditioner or swamp cooler is likely already in use. While these tools are great for achieving a certain temperature, they are only part of the solution. There are actually several different things you can do to manage your indoor climate more effectively. What you need to focus on is the quality of the air (which can be polluted by dirty carpets, furniture and stale air) and the temperature.
First, use blackout curtains on windows facing east and west. The reason is the sun beating on these windows will bring additional heat into the home. These blackout curtains significantly reduce the amount of heat that enters and will help to keep your home cooler in the warmer months. This will significantly reduce your energy costs and allow you to enjoy a comfortable temperature all summer.
The air you breathe does not only need to be cool though, it needs to be clean as well. Your carpet is probably your biggest villain when it comes to having a fresh indoor climate. It easily soaks up all the dust and the dirty particles that circulate in the room, and this can lead to allergies, headaches and irritated eyes. The solution is pretty simple though, you need to clean your carpet.
You can either rent a carpet cleaning machine or you can buy one. It all depends on how often you plan to use it. There are many cheap carpet shampooers available nowadays, and you can find a smaller one for around $100 (£70), which is much cheaper than renting. Here are some helpful comparisons of carpet cleaners.
Another important tool you can use to better manage your indoor climate is using your cooling system. If you are using an air conditioner, keep windows and doors sealed tightly. This keeps the cool air in and the warmer outdoor air out. A swamp cooler works differently. The cool moist air needs to create a breeze as it is pulled outside of the home. To do this, open a window on the opposite end of the home to pull the air across from the main entry point of the swamp cooler vents. If you just want to target a single room, crack a window in that room so the cool air is pushed into that area.
To help you further maintain the cooler temperatures in your home, consider these tips.
- Run appliances after dark so they aren’t adding heat to the home. This includes the dryer if it isn’t in a separate room you can close off.
- Use overhead lights sparingly.
- Only use the oven in the early morning hours or after the sun has set for the day.
- Avoid excessively long hot showers when possible as they add heat and moisture to the air. This causes the air conditioner to work harder.
- Set your air conditioner at a single temperature and leave it. This uses less power and better maintains the temperature of the home.
Maintaining a constant and comfortable environment in the home isn’t difficult. Follow these tips and keep your indoor climate fresh and your carpets clean.