Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home’s Cooling System
During the warm summer months it pays to do as much as you can to improve the energy efficiency of your home’s cooling system. Whether you have invested in money-saving technology such as an HVAC unit or just want to take simple steps to ease the burden on your air-conditioner, you will definitely see the difference on your next utility bill.
When it comes to turning up the heat in your home, some of the biggest culprits are the appliances you use every day in your kitchen. From the oven to the stovetop to the dishwasher, kitchen appliances use heat to do their jobs and this is usually transferred into the room. Your air-conditioner is forced to work overtime to compensate for the higher temperature.
Here are five easy ways to get a cooler kitchen:
1. Get Smart About Cooking
You have to cook, but there is no kitchen law that says you always have to use the oven or stovetop to do it. Now is the time to break out your crock-pot, quesadilla maker, waffle iron or deep fryer; all those small cooking appliances that you tucked into the pantry or a little-used cabinet and then forgot about. Microwaves and toaster ovens are also a good alternative to your range. Resurrect a few classic recipes or try something new.
Another great way to beat the heat is to cook part of your meal in the morning or the evening before, when outside temperatures are cooler. You can then use another cooking appliance to round out the meal when dinnertime rolls around.
2. Go Cold Turkey – Literally
Summertime is perfect for a cold buffet. Plan it right and you can serve a fun, satisfying meal without using a single heat-generating appliance. Lay out sliced deli meats, salads; cut fruits and vegetables with dip; cheeses, relishes or spreads; crackers and fresh bread. Everyone will have fun creating their own meal and you will be helping your air-conditioning work more efficiently.
3. Fire up the Grill
Cooking outdoors enables you to put a hot meal on the table without generating a single bit of extra heat inside your house. Modern barbecues are like self-contained kitchens that sit right on your back deck or patio. You can find grills with attached cook tops, interchangeable grates and plenty of accessories for cooking everything from fresh vegetables to shellfish.
4. Pack a Picnic
Now that you have put together a great meal using practically zero extra heat inside your kitchen, pack everything up and take the family on a picnic. Eating outdoors is a great way to create wonderful memories and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed, informal setting. Let the kids run around or invite the neighbors, take your picnic on the road or stay in your own backyard, there is no better way to spend a warm summer evening.
5. Improve Air Circulation
There are times when you will have no choice but to cook in your kitchen during the summer. Installing a ceiling fan will improve air circulation and help keep the space cooler when you are using heat-generating appliances.
Contact Horizon Services
So, when you are ready to install or replace your home’s air conditioner or heater system, please contact Horizon Services. Our friendly and experienced team of Home Comfort Consultants knows air conditioning and heating systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your cooling and heating requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.