4 less-common ways to cool your home this summer

July 6, 2015

Things in California are heating up! Make sure your house is ready to handle the summer heat with one of these less-common cooling upgrades. At Renew Financial, we offer flexible financing on a wide variety of energy saving options for cooling your home. Here a are a few high efficiency cooling options that might be the perfect solution for your home:

1. Air-source heat pump

One of the best options available for cooling your home is a high efficiency heat pump. Like a refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the hotter months, heat pumps move heat out of your cool house into the warm outdoors. Since heat pumps move heat rather than generate it, they can providebetter air conditioning at a fraction (about 25%) of the energy cost compared to standard AC units. Heat pumps also allow you to cool one area (or "zone") at a time, which saves significantly more energy than trying to cool a whole house. As their name indicates, these units can also provide heat during the winter.

2. Evaporative cooler

Evaporative coolers are window units that function similarly to the way our bodies cool our body through perspiration. They remove heat from the surrounding environment by using water evaporation to create cool air. Effective especially in hot, dry climates, these units also add more moisture to conditioned air. Evaporative coolers are a simple and highly efficient for cooling your home: these units use up to 75% less energy than a standard air conditioner!

3. Whole house fan

A simple and inexpensive method for cooling a house, whole house fans take advantage of the power of air circulation. The fan is installed in the attic and uses powerful suction to pull hot air from all parts of your home into the attic, creating negative pressure in your home. This negative pressure draws in cooler air from outside, recirculating fresh, cool air. These fans are an incredibly effective solution in multi-story homes that are hard to keep cool.

4. Attic insulation & air sealing

Two of the most effective solutions for home cooling, insulation and air sealing, are not always the most obvious. Having a tightly sealed and insulated home is one of the most important steps to keeping your house cool and comfortable all summer. Instead of bringing in more equipment to cool your home, these two improvements first address your home's perimeter (or "building envelope") to make sure cool air stays in the home. Insulation provides a barrier between your cool, conditioned space and your hot attic. Air sealing fills and seals any holes, gaps, and cracks in your home where cool air is leaking out and hot, humid air is sneaking in, which boosts the performance of insulation. Done together, these two improvements save a you a bundle on utility bills and cut down significantly on energy use. Efficient home cooling improvements are within your reach! Check your eligibility or call us at 844-589-7953 to learn more about how our financing can help you have a cool summer.