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Follow Up: Why Do You Keep Your Home as Cool as You Do?

2008 August 5

About the author: Dominic Bridgers joined EPA’s Office of Public Affairs as a summer intern.

This has been an up and down summer in DC, in terms of heat. Some days the sun has been too much to bear while other days it feels as if you should take your family out to the closest park and have a picnic.

Bar Graph showing comments indicating temperature: 3 responders:65-69F; 17 responders:70-75F; 35 responders:76-80F; 10 responders: 81F or higherI collected data from the June 9th Question of the Week, “Why do you keep your home as cool (or not) as you do?” The answers really came down to being pretty even between feeling comfortable, and saving money and energy. However, I was very surprised to see how many people do not use air conditioning. Instead of using air conditioning, a lot of people prefer to use either their ceiling fans or just crack the window for a cool summer breeze!

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. Matt Jones permalink
    August 5, 2008

    Please, let me come visit a place where only a fan is needed in the summer. I live in Oxford, MS year-round and i pray daily for nov, dec, and jan to come back and stay awhile…

  2. Julie permalink
    September 28, 2008

    I typically keep my air at 76 but up it to 88 when we’re not home. I would love to only use it when necessary ie. exteremly hot and/or humid days) but my autistic son pushes out all of the screens and then bends them up because they impede his view outside. So air is a must in summer!

  3. Greg Tillotson permalink
    June 5, 2009

    We have Ceiling Fans in every room, except for the living room where there is a wall air conditioner is. Since we do not have central air, we depend on our ceiling fans to raise the level of comfort as much as possible. It is rare that we ever turn on the wall unit because it is so noisy and costs too much to operate.

    On the hottest days, we may get uncomfortable, but those are the days we want to be enjoying the outdoors anyway. Lucky for me, I make a living selling ceiling fans, so the fans that we own are top of the line and have powerful motors that move a lot of air. The average ceiling fan would not cut the mustard in our circumstance.

  4. cursos permalink
    September 14, 2009

    It´s a good practic to keep open the windows and the use of the ceiling fans insted of the aircon, it´s help to dont waste energy in vain. Its seem like the people are thinking more in the enviroment.

  5. promote permalink
    October 19, 2009

    Please, let me come visit a place where only a fan is needed in the summer.

  6. Janice Baker permalink
    November 2, 2009

    I had to get an AC unit for my baby. There is no way I would subject her to a hot room. I know it’s not helping but What are my other options when someone is fragile or new to the world??

    -Janice

  7. Muqtada Khalid permalink
    January 13, 2010

    I got a portioned house and got the lower one, it’s already so cool that in summer we do not turn our AC on unless or until it become a need or our room temperature got out of line.

  8. ceiling fans with lights permalink
    December 12, 2010

    i guess we keep our home as cool as possible because it would be more comfortable and convenient if it was. perhaps sitting under a ceiling fan is one of the most comfortable places in the world.

  9. eka hary permalink
    August 21, 2011

    i guess we keep our home as cool as possible because it would be more comfortable and convenient if it was. Since we do not have central air, we depend on our ceiling fans to raise the level of comfort as much as possible.

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