How to Minimize Cooling Costs When Living in an Apartment

Although none of us relish being hit with exorbitant utility bills throughout the summer months, apartment residents tend to have things a little easier than homeowners in this regard. Because apartments generally represent much smaller living spaces than traditional homes, effectively cooling them shouldn’t prove draining on your time, energy or finances. So, if you’re looking to keep the cost of cooling your apartment manageable this summer, put the following measures into practice.

Install High-Quality Ceiling Fans 

No apartment should be without high-quality ceiling fans, especially during the summer months. So, if the ceiling fans in your apartment are in need of replacement or your apartment lacks fans altogether, now would be a great time to get the ball rolling. Additionally, depending on the terms of your lease, your landlord may be required to ensure that your residence is equipped with dependable ceiling fans. 

To promote the even distribution of cool air throughout the entire apartment, make sure that each area has at least one fan. In addition to being good for air circulation, this can effectively complement your AC by ensuring that the air it produces can be felt all through the residence. Needless to say, ceiling fans can be particularly helpful in apartments without central air conditioning.    

If your area sees a significant reduction in temperature during the overnight hours, good ceiling fans can help you take proper advantage of this. Simply open some windows once the sun goes down and allow your fans to circulate the cool outdoor air. You can also give your ceiling fans the ability to create downward-flowing cool breezes by setting their blades to spin counterclockwise. 

No matter how much – or how little – ceiling space you have to work with, you should have no problem finding fans that are perfectly suited to your apartment. For instance, if you’re in the market for something small, look into purchasing flush mount ceiling fans

Don’t Use Certain Appliances During Daylight Hours 

Certain appliances – most notably, ovens and dryers – can contribute to uncomfortable indoor temps during the summertime. The heat given off by these appliances can be felt particularly hard in apartments, where space is far more limited than in traditional homes. So, if you’re serious about beating the heat this summer, make an effort to limit oven and dryer use during daylight hours. 

If you’re troubled by the prospect of not being able to cook without an oven, don’t fret! There are more than enough oven-free recipes to keep you well-fed all summer long. Additionally, if your apartment allows outdoor grilling, this may be the perfect opportunity to step up your barbecue game. You may ultimately come to discover that your oven isn’t as essential a culinary tool as you once thought.  

So, if doing so is a viable option for you, abstain from using your oven or dryer during the day. If you absolutely can’t get by without either appliance, try to limit their use to nighttime hours.    

Stop Using Incandescent Light Bulbs 

There isn’t much benefit to using traditional incandescent light bulbs in this day and age. Sure, they may cost a little less in the short term, but they use more power and have considerably shorter lifespans than energy-efficient LED and CFL bulbs. Furthermore, they give off more heat than their energy-saving counterparts, which can effectively throw a wrench into your cooling efforts. So, if your apartment’s light fixtures are all equipped with incandescent bulbs, this may be actively hindering your attempts to stay cool. As such, you’d be wise to replace any incandescents with energy-efficient alternatives. While it’s true that they come with higher price tags, any short-term financial sacrifice is well worth the extended bulb life and reduced energy costs you’ll enjoy. 

While you may think cooling an apartment without air conditioning is an impossible undertaking, this couldn’t be further from the truth. As a relatively compact living space – at least compared to traditional houses – an apartment can be cooled in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner – provided, of course, you’re equipped with the proper hacks. So, whether you’re looking to save on summertime utility costs or your apartment lacks air conditioning altogether, you’re likely to benefit from the advice outlined above.  

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