20 Aug 3 Ways Michigan Homeowners Can Use Home Ventilation to Keep Cool This Summer
While temperatures in southeast Michigan during summer months usually don’t soar to the levels of those in southern states, we still experience some very warm (and sometimes downright uncomfortable) temperatures during June, July, and August. At Haley Mechanical, we want to enlighten you about home ventilation, and what you can do to perhaps avoid running the A/C on those warmer days.
Have fans? Use them!
Box or pedestal fans, ceiling fans – all of these can help your home feel more comfortable. In fact, circulating the air in the room you’re in creates a “wind chill” that will result in you feeling up to four degrees cooler on those uncomfortably warm afternoons! Keep in mind that fans create airflow, and you will only need to use them in the room you’re actually in.
Open up the windows
On days when it’s 75 degrees outside and 80 inside your home, running the A/C is really a waste of money and energy. Instead, open up the windows and let the cooler air flow through your home. If you have windows that are located directly across from one another, this is even better as you will enjoy cross ventilation.
Night time temperatures in southeast Michigan are fairly cool, so you may want to consider leaving the windows open during the night, then closing them early in the morning to keep the cool air inside. Even as temperatures begin to warm up during the day, you may be able to avoid running the air conditioner.
Whole-house fans use both a fan and open windows to achieve the ultimate in home comfort. A whole-house fan depressurizes the interior of your home, and forces cool outside air through the windows. To achieve a cool home even in summer months, open up the windows on the ground floor at night while running the whole-house fan. In the morning when you get up, turn the fan off and close the windows to retain the cool air inside your home throughout the day.
Those in Ann Arbor, Dexter, and throughout SE Michigan should be thankful you do live in a somewhat cooler climate, as running the air conditioner every day isn’t a necessity as it is in many other states! At Haley Mechanical, home comfort is our specialty. We want to help you enjoy a comfortable home, while saving on energy consumption and costs. For all of your cooling needs, trust our highly skilled HVAC technicians.