As a Michigan resident, you enjoy relatively cool, mild summers. Still, June, July and August present warm enough days that you want to run the air conditioner. But before you power up the A/C, consider three ways you can use home ventilation to keep your Grand Traverse County home comfortable at a fraction of the cost.
If it’s cooler outside than inside, there’s no need to run the air conditioner; simply open the windows and let a cool breeze inside. Cross ventilation achieved by opening two windows directly across from one another is particularly effective.
Even on warmer Michigan summer days, it still cools off nicely at night. Keep the windows open while you sleep and close them in the morning when the temperature starts to climb. You’ll trap cool air inside and possibly avoid the need to run the air conditioner at all that day.
Use Fans to Your Advantage
Air circulation is a powerful cooling technique. The wind chill effect that makes for bitter Michigan winters can help you feel up to 4 degrees cooler on a hot summer afternoon. Ceiling fans are most effective for keeping an entire room cool, but other types of fans also provide air circulation and a much-needed cooling effect.
Remember though, fans merely create airflow; they don’t actually lower the temperature in the room. For this reason, there’s no need to run the fan in a vacant room.
Combine natural ventilation and cooling fan power with a whole-house fan. This home ventilation method depressurizes the interior and forces air inside through the windows. The cool air travels through your entire home.
To help cool the interior from the ground up, run the whole-house fan at night with the ground-floor windows open. Close the windows and turn off the fan come morning for a cool and comfortable interior all day long.
It’s great to know home ventilation is an inexpensive and effective alternative to air conditioning, especially in Michigan’s cool climate. For more useful energy saving tips, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve proudly served Grand Traverse County for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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