How to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that when it’s very humid out, your body loses the ability to cool itself down through perspiration? So most of us (two-thirds of Americans) look towards cooling our houses during the dead heat of the summer, with homeowners spending about $11 billion on powering their air conditioners. But there are actions people can take to reduce their energy use by 20-50%, which include switching to high-efficiency air conditioner units or just relying on natural ventilation and fans.

How Air Conditioners Work

Very similar to a refrigerator, air conditioners transfer heat from the interior of a home to the outside world. The most common types of home cooling systems include central air and room units that are typically portable and can be installed in windows. Some of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner are to keep the filter clean (which can reduce energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent) and to make sure the sensor and thermostat are always working properly.

Personally I’ve always been a fan of an open window and ceiling fan to create that natural “wind chill effect.” But if it gets too hot in your neighborhood, here is everything you need to know about cooling your crib this summer and saving some energy in the process.

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