5 Life Hacks to Stay Cool, Prevent Damage and Save Money this Summer

Pouring bleach into air conditioner drain line.

3. Unclog the A/C Line

Homes with a central air conditioning system have a drain line outside dripping water near the A/C. This line drains condensation from the inside air handler to the outside.
If this line clogs (usually from algae), it can cause water damage inside the house.

To prevent clogs, simply pour a cup of household bleach into the line from the inside.

To remove a clog once it has formed, just attach a wet/dry vacuum to the drain line outside (removing the paper filter first), and then suck that clog out.

Watch the video: AC Drain Line Clean Out

paddle ceiling fan
Turn your thermostat up during the summertime, and turn a paddle ceiling fan on to save money. (DepositPhotos)

4. Save with a Ceiling Fan

Paddle ceiling fans don’t actually cool the air, but they can make it feel cooler by increasing evaporation on your skin.

To reduce your air conditioning bill and save energy, run a paddle ceiling fan in a counterclockwise direction during hot weather, and only run the fan when you are in the room to feel the effects.

Go ahead and turn that thermostat up, too, because the ceiling fan will make you feel cooler and you won’t need the A/C as much.

Watch the video: How to Keep Cool and Save Energy with Paddle Ceiling Fans

fire and grill
Summer’s the perfect time to grill out instead of cook indoors. (DepositPhotos)

5. Grill Out

Eating home-cooked meals during the summer is a surefire way to increase your cooling bill.

So, do this instead: Eat cold meals, cook outside on the grill, or use the microwave for cooking, when possible, to minimize heat indoors.

If you absolutely must cook indoors, follow these tips:
• Cover pots to minimize indoor humidity
• Use a range hood or microwave vent fan to vent hot air outside
• Turn oven off a few minutes before the food is cooked to reduce oven heat
• Check the oven by turning on the light and looking through the glass, rather than opening the oven door


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