Dire temperatures call for desperate measures.
Endless weeks of stifling temperatures can cause even the most rational person to consider some alternatives. Especially when the sticker shock of an electric bill thanks to endless air conditioning lands in your mailbox.
Truth is, nothing is going to cool your home off faster and keep it cool than air conditioning, and the best way to make sure you do so while also saving money is to set your thermostat up to run a series of programs. Don’t waste energy when you’re at work, for example, but also don’t shut the a/c off entirely. Center the bursts of air around the times you feel it’s needed most: that nice burst of cool as you step into the home after a long work day, or just as your head hits the pillow at night.
The real thing to look out for here is humidity. Those severe temperature fluctuations allows for humidity to hang in the air of your home and, potentially, bring with it that musty, stale smell. Assuming you have a dehumidifier somewhere in your home, you’ll want to consider running that on occasion as the temperature in your home fluctuates (and then, you know, you’re running just as much electricity anyway…).
There is a common myth that suggests keeping your ceiling fans on in place of air conditioning is a great way to save money and cool the home. Truth is, ceiling fans simply recirculate air. As someone once said (and I wish I could remember who so I could quote them directly), “Ceiling fans cool people, not homes.”
If you run a ceiling fan when it’s 85 degrees in your home, you’ll surely have a breeze, but an 85 degree one. It’s not cooling the air, but the wind is merely cooling your skin which, in all likelihood, is covered with a layer of sweat if you’re standing in the aforementioned 85 degree home.
Besides, ceiling fans have a range of sorts. There’s a reason, after all, as to why it’s centered over most bedrooms. The downward air is cooling you off. Running a ceiling fan in a second floor bedroom isn’t going to do squat for the living room on the main floor.
Sad to say, but the depths of summer call for only one solution if you want to remain cool, and that’s a steady flow of recirculated air conditioning.
But don’t worry, we’re only a few months away from the fall, and soon we’ll be worried about rising heat bills. Thus continues the circle of home ownership.