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How to Stay Cool on a Budget

Hear that? Yes, that noise! Well, that’s the sound of the local ice cream truck -- which means, summer is on the way! From swimming to barbeques, the possibilities are entirely endless when it comes the summer activities -- but what about staying cool? Sure, you could keep your AC unit on 24/7, but that will make your electric bill soar to new heights. If you’re looking to save a buck or two, then here are some great, budget-friendly ways to stay cool:

Turn the Fan On

Have a ceiling fan in your home? If so, the best way to keep cool this summer is to turn the fan on! Believe it or not, when it comes to running this ceiling fixture, let it run in a counterclockwise motion. Not only will this keep your home quite comfortable, but it will be a lot less demanding on your energy bill.

Shut the Blinds

Does your home have an array of windows or one large one? If so, you’ll notice that on sunny days your home can get quite hot. If that’s the case, then it’s best to keep the blind shut entirely or tilt them open halfway. Why? This will be the perfect way to keep the sun’s powerful rays from naturally heating your home!

Keep the Doors Closed

Have the AC running? If that’s the case, then it’s essential to keep the doors shut to every room in your home that is not in use. From the bathroom to your bedroom, any place that’s not being occupied (at the moment) should have the doors shut. The reason? Open doors will make your AC unit work twice as hard, using more power (and energy) to cool your home!

Use the Grill for Dinner

Believe it or not, your stove is causing the temperature to soar tremendously. To eliminate any excess heat in the house, then it’s essential to use your grill for dinner. Sure, you won’t be able to make pizza (well, it is possible), but this will be the perfect excuse to throw more barbeques in at your home!

Keep the Temperature Down

About to head into the shower before work or bed? If so, then it’s essential to keep the water temperature down. Nine out of ten times, you’ll be tempted to raise the shower to the warmest setting -- but this will also cause your body temperature to rise, too. Remember: keep it cold in the summer!

If you have any problems with your home plumbing, heating or cooling, and you prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling — or you can call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.