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10 Energy-Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Cranking Up the AC

As the temperature rises and Calgary prepares for another warm summer, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning recognizes the importance of maintaining a cool and comfortable home environment. While our air conditioning systems excel at combating the heat, there are numerous ways to lessen your dependence on them, ultimately saving you energy and money on your utility bills. Here are 10 innovative and straightforward energy-efficient methods to keep your Calgary home refreshingly cool without constantly relying on the AC: 

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  • Embrace the Power of Shade: Direct sunlight heating your exterior walls translates to a warmer interior. Plant trees or shrubs strategically around your home, particularly on the south-facing side. Consider using awnings or retractable shades over windows and patios to create shade when needed. 

  • Harness the Magic of Cross-Ventilation: To cool down your home naturally during summer in Calgary, try opening windows on opposite sides of your home to create a natural airflow. Also, ensure that your ceiling fan is rotating counter-clockwise to push cool air down. 

  • Lighten Up with Blinds and Curtains: To block the excess heat during sunny hours, it is advisable to close the blinds or curtains on the south-facing windows. 

  • Become a Cooker by Choice: During the day, limit the use of heat-generating appliances like ovens and stovetops. Instead, opt for cooler meal options such as salads, sandwiches or grilling outdoors. You can also consider using a slow cooker to minimize indoor heat gain. 

  • Take Advantage of Cooler Nights:  During the evening, open windows to let cool air in and reduce indoor temperature before the next hot day. 

  • Upgrade Your Shower Habits: If you opt for taking cooler showers instead of hot baths, it can help in reducing the humidity levels in your home. 

  • Embrace the Power of Plants: Indoor plants can lower room temperature by absorbing heat and releasing moisture through transpiration. Placing them strategically near windows can also provide extra shade. 

  • Invest in Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs: Switch to LED light bulbs in your home. LEDs are energy-efficient and emit minimal heat, keeping your environment cool. 

  • Seal the Leaks: Drafty windows and doors can cause warm air to enter your home. Check for leaks and use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them to maintain a cooler indoor temperature. 

  • Schedule Regular AC Maintenance: It is important to keep your air conditioner well-maintained in order to improve its efficiency, enhance its cooling capabilities, and reduce energy consumption. To ensure optimal performance, schedule a professional AC tune-up in Calgary with Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning before the summer heat arrives. 


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Incorporating energy-efficient strategies into your daily routine can help you create a more comfortable home environment in Calgary and reduce your dependence on air conditioning. It's important to remember that Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning is always here to fulfill all your AC requirements, from installation and maintenance to repairs. Feel free to contact us today to discuss your air conditioning needs and ensure a cool and comfortable summer! 


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