The heat is on here in New York! We are definitely in the dog days of summer, and you’re no doubt looking for ways to beat the heat. Unfortunately, we’re also seeing a big rise in home energy costs due to inflation. So what’s a New York homeowner to do? Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep your New York home cool without breaking the bank. Here’s what you need to know.
Consider your window coverings
While we all like a little sunshine in our lives, those rays can heat things up. On hot days, you can cool your home by keeping curtains closed – especially in south- or west-facing windows. You can also opt for thermal shades to keep out the heat as well as the light.
Get a programmable thermostat
If you haven’t already installed a programmable thermostat, then what are you waiting for? These can help you save money by keeping the AC off or at a higher temperature while you’re out and then scheduling it to come back on before you return. You can even opt for thermostats you can control from your smartphone, making it even easier to specifically control the temperature.
Use ceiling fans correctly
You’d be surprised at how much a simple and inexpensive ceiling fan can cool you down when it’s hot. But you have to use it correctly. Make sure it’s running counterclockwise in the summer. That draws cool air up and forces it back down on you. It can make a room feel up to ten degrees cooler.
Fire up the grill
Are you looking for an excuse to grill more this summer? Well, did you know it can help you keep your home cool? When you use your oven, you’re also heating up the kitchen. But by preparing your food on the grill, you’re keeping that extra heat out of the house. And don’t let it limit your choices – there are so many foods that can easily be prepared on a grill.
Open things up
An important way to beat the heat is to let air circulate freely. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures at night and open your windows so you get a cross-breeze. You should also keep your interior doors open to help eliminate pockets of hot air and regulate the temperature throughout your home.
Make sure your window AC unit is the right size
Did you know you need to have the right size window AC unit in order to cool your room efficiently and economically? If your window unit is too small for the room, then it won’t be able to keep up and could burn out the motor. On the other hand, an AC unit that is too big for the room wastes energy and actually has trouble removing the humidity, which will make it feel damp and clammy. Choose the right size AC unit and opt for one that’s Energy Star certified.
Contact Keller New York today
Buying or selling a New York home is a major milestone. If you’re ready to make the leap, then contact the Keller New York Bronx office at 718-697-6800 or the Eastchester – Scarsdale office at 914-713-3270. We are standing by to help you feel informed and empowered. Contact us today!