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Jun 15

5 Environmentally-Friendly Ways to Cool Down Your Home

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Technology has added a few more choices when it comes to eco-friendly cooling systems designed to cool a home from the inside out.  Over the years, new materials have been developed to keep the cool air in the house while reflective methods prevent the heat from coming in.  Not only are there environmentally-friendly ways to cool down your home, they’re also effective at saving costs on power. Check out a few ways you can stay cool and save a few dollars in the process:

  1. Green Energy

Depending on the region and area, many residential communities are taking advantage of renewable energy for cooling homes.  The most noted renewable forms are the sun and wind, both of which require an initial investment to convert natural energy into power to cool the home.  Swamp coolers or evaporative coolers, which require less energy to operate by blowing air over water soaked pads and lowering inside temperatures, have also been used for years.

  1. Ventilation

Ceiling and floor fans move air to reduce the inside temperature, but they don’t necessarily cool that same air down.  This is where air conditioners come in. They use thermostats to maintain the temperature and can also be programmed to cool the house before you get home from work, and if you program them correctly, it could make a big difference in the amount of energy needed.

It’s also important to make sure the unit is sized just right for the square footage of your home.  A small unit has to work longer to cool the home and a unit that’s too big will recycle off air and cost you more money to operate.

  1. Heat Shields

Be sure to take advantage of the heat shields on the market today for windows and doors in your home. There’s a wide selection of sunscreen fabrics, shades and window dressings from provides such as Arizona Sun Supply that fit many home décors and aesthetics.  Sustainable technology has also improved windows and now offers double glass panes and tinting to prevent the sun’s heat from entering the home. Reflective paints can also work to deflect the heat from the home’s rooftop. You may also want to consider updating your home’s insulation, especially if your home is older as the right type of insulation can help to reduce cooling costs in the home.

  1. Landscapes

Environmentally friendly trees and shrubs in the yard are perfect shade producers reducing the heat in the area.  Plants have a natural ability to absorb heat, releasing it as water vapors, which creates a cooling effect to lower temperatures.   If you prefer bare minimums, think about window awnings or simple porch covers to divert the sun’s direct heat from the home as well. In this case, using what nature already provides could be the best preventative in an overheating home.

  1. Less Humidity

Heat is a natural conductor of humidity causing high levels of moisture in the home.  This same moisture can damage window seals allowing cool air to escape along with your money. Humidity can also affect your health, allowing airborne molds and harmful bacteria to flourish upsetting respiratory functions, so in this case, cooling home can also help your health. Eco-friendly ways to reduce humidity include fans and air conditioners, both of which cool the air and remove moisture produced by heat.

To escape the heat at home and save a few dollars in the process, follow these tips and see the world of difference you can make not only for yourself but for Earth as a whole. Continued sustainability is something we can all chip in to help with, and with our upcoming Fielding at Wallis Ranch neighborhood, we all want to make sure we can live side-by-side with nature