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Five ways to improve your home’s air flow for the summer

by Jillian CariolaPublished: January 26, 2017Updated: January 26, 2017

Say goodbye to high power bills when you follow these natural ventilation tips

With summer only a couple of months away, people have only a few more weeks to enjoy waking up to chilly mornings as low temperatures give way to hotter months. This means households are yet again faced with the incoming of high power bills that result to the overuse of air-conditioning or A/C to keep everyone in the home cool.

But while it seems that using the A/C is the only effective method of keeping cool, did you know that one almost powerless way of doing so is improving the air flow in your home? And as a bonus, good natural ventilation doesn’t just keep your home from feeling stuffy, it can also prevent mold from growing, and will cycle dust and other impurities out of the home. Don’t crank up the A/C to full blast until you’ve done these tips.

 

1. Open up the doors and windows.
If you have screen doors and windows installed, by all means, open the main doors and windows to get the outside air in while keeping bugs out. Just remember: opening one window won’t do; there needs to be a way for hot air inside to get out as well, so open all windows to keep the flow going.

Improve home air flow for summer MyProperty Philippines bedroom open windows
Open doors and windows not just in the living room, but also the bedrooms. Photo via Shutterstock

 

2. Use your fan wisely.
Often during a hot night and you don’t have air conditioning, your instinct is to keep the electric fan steady and pointed at you. It may feel cooling initially, but all you’re really doing is moving hot air around. There’s actually a smarter way of using your fan to make sure the whole room is cooled off. Move your fan in front of an open window and turn it on with its back towards you and the face towards the window. Then open a window on the shady side of your home. The back of the fan acts as an exhaust fan, so what it will do is suck out the hot air inside the room and allow cool air outside to get in through the cool side of your home.

Improve home air flow for summer MyProperty Philippines bedroom electric fan windows
Make sure the window is open and the air is cool outside when you set the fan facing out the window. Photo via Shutterstock

 

3. Turn on or install an exhaust fan.
The kitchen is where you do the cooking, so all the frying and boiling will create heat that gets trapped in there. The bathroom is also notoriously humid, since heat from your skin and your bath will stay within an enclosed space with no way out. To keep these areas from feeling like hot boxes, install an exhaust fan and turn them on while someone’s preparing food in the kitchen or after someone’s shower.

Improve home air flow for summer MyProperty Philippines exhaust fan
Anytime the kitchen or bathroom feels stuffy, turn on the exhaust fan. Photo via Shutterstock

 

4. Install ceiling fans.
When you use your A/C unit to cool a large room, you might be tempted to crank it up so every corner gets cold, but there is a better, more cost-efficient way to do this; use a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are not just nice to look at; they also move the air around the room. This means you don’t have to max out your A/C’s cooling capacity; turning the ceiling fan on will do the work for you.

A ceiling fan’s ability to lower the room’s temperature relies on its size in relation to the room’s. For instance, for a 21-square-meter bedroom, choose a fan that is at least 50 inches in diameter. For a room more than 37 square meters, use a fan with a blade span of at least 62 inches. Also, make sure the fan is affixed seven to nine feet above the floor but not less than eight inches from the ceiling, and that the tips of the blades are at least 18 inches away from the nearest wall.

Improve home air flow for summer MyProperty Philippines dining room house ceiling fan
Air circulates better if the ceiling fan is turned on. Photo via Shutterstock.

 

5. Clean the filters.
If using your A/C is unavoidable, check the condition of the filters. When they are caked with dust particles that have gathered after months of use, it reduces air flow and affects the efficiency of the unit. Remember to clean the filter every month, or replace it if it’s beyond cleaning.

Improve home air flow for summer MyProperty Philippines air conditioner maintenance filter cleaning
Cleaning your air conditioner's filter ensures that it functions properly. Photo via Shutterstock

 

For more budget-friendly home cooling tips, read our tips on home cooling without air conditioning.

 

Sources: southernathena.com, masssave.com, stuff.co.nz, marthastewart.com, delmarfans.com

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