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July 07, 7:37 PM [GMT -5]

Leaving your windows open can be a security issue.

August 04, 4:22 PM [GMT -5]

One thing that is missing in this article is the effects of humidity. Living in San Antonio, we routinely have 100+ degree temps making full-time air conditioning a necessity. After getting a recommendation from a friend, I purchased a portable dehumidifier to work along side my central AC. As a result I was able to raise the thermostat a full 8-10 degrees with no loss of comfort just by reducing the humidity. I have also been pleasantly surprised at the significant reduction in my electric bill as a result of the higher thermostat settings even during this abnormally hot summer. I have already saved triple the cost of the dehumidifier in lower AC bills.

July 10, 2:58 AM [GMT -5]

We had a whole-house fan in a five bedroom home in downstate New York. It was terrific. The house stayed cool, the kids were comfortable, and the costs were relatively low. You could hear when it was on but it was not a distraction. I'd put one in our current home if I had a chance.

July 09, 4:38 PM [GMT -5]

Using a horizontal air conditioner in a sliding window is cheaper than a vertical air conditioner in the same space, all you have to do is frame the unit on the inside of the open window and block the top portion with either plywood or plexiglass!

July 07, 9:08 AM [GMT -5]

Another alternative is to have a thermostat regulated fan at the bottom of the stairs. A pivoting box fan aimed up the stairs plugged into a digital thermostat outlet. The fan doesn't run constantly and the house is cooled from lower levels.

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