Combating the cooling

The summers down in the deep south can be simply hot.  If you aren’t official with this type of heat, it can be a very rude awakening. When I first moved here, I was stunned by how tepid it is down here.  I lived out west for a long length of time, therefore I knew something about intense heat. However, I was not prepared for the combination of ultra high humidity and high temperatures.  It was rough at first. And, all I knew was how to turn the HVAC A/C lower and lower. This is really the most ignorant reaction a single can have. Those first energy costs were money clip emptying.  It didn’t take me however a few months to figure out I needed to change my HVAC behavior. First, I sealed up the home I was currently in. I added weatherstripping and sealed up every single crack I could find anywhere in the house.  Next, I got some dark curtains to pull closed while the two of us were in the afternoon. Just stopping the ambient heating from the sun was a massive help. I took that system a step further when I purchased solar blocking film. There are four floor to ceiling windows on the southwestern facing side of my house. The solar blocking film did an amazing task of stopping the direct sunshine from lighting up my home.  Finally, I installed a smart temperature control. This thing is the most amazing thing. It has l acquired my patterns so, it adjusts the temperature control accordingly. While I am gone while the two of us were in the afternoon, it raises the temp by almost 10 degrees at a time. But, about a minute before I get home, it starts cooling the house. So, by the time I’m ready to chill out, the home is cool and breezy.  The summer time is still a beast. However, the utility bill is not anywhere near as crazy as it once was.

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