On the surface, how and what you eat might not have much of a connection with the usage of your home's air conditioner. However, if you're looking for ways to end up using the A/C less during the hot summer months in order to save money on your cooling bills, it's worthwhile to think about how you cook and even what you eat. Take a closer look at your household's intake of food, make a few simple changes and you'll end up using your air conditioner less – and save money in the process. Here's how you can do it.
Choose The BBQ Over The Oven Or Stove
One of the quickest ways to increase the heat in your home – and cause your air conditioner to run excessively and elevate your cooling bills – is to extensively use the oven and stove when it's hot outside. These two heat-producing appliances pump several degrees of hot air into your home and prompt your thermostat to send a message to the A/C that it's time to increase the cool. You can avoid this entire issue by opting to barbecue as frequently as possible. When you do so, just be sure to open and close the door quickly to avoid letting heat into your home.
Consider Take-Out Food
If you aren't able to barbecue and you're concerned about using the oven or stove because of the heat that these two appliances generate, consider buying food from your local take-out restaurant. Doing so means that you won't be needing to use appliances that will heat your home. Granted, there's a cost to this approach, so plan to limit it only to the hottest days of the summer.
Get Creative With Small Appliances
You're not likely going to use the barbecue for small cooking projects, but it's important to remember that things like the toaster oven and microwave also inject heat into your home that can lead to excess running of the A/C and unnecessarily inflate your cooling bill. When you need to use these small appliances, consider temporarily relocating them into a cooler area of your home, such as your basement or your garage, or even plugging them in outdoors on your deck or patio so that they won't heat your home.
Consume A Spicy Diet
Contrary to what you might think, consuming spicy foods can actually make you feel cooler. The spices found in your diet can encourage sweating, which cools your skin and helps you avoid feeling excessively hot. As such, spicy additions to your diet can prevent you from feeling so hot that you turn up the A/C and increase your home's cooling bills. For more information about alleviating strain on your HVAC system, contact a contractor that handles air conditioner repair.