Summer: Do You Really Need to Splash Out for Air Conditioning?

May 31, 2017

By Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC


We love it blasting in our cars as we sail over the Granville Bridge or make tracks to Alice Lake. Air conditioning in our cars after they have been sitting idly in the sun is a welcome, yet ironic oasis in the summer heat.

We on the West Coast have a beautifully temperate climate, but it can get uncomfortably warm. But does that mean we need to shell out for air conditioning for our homes? Well, maybe. There is no question older people suffer from heat more easily, and those suffering from conditions like Asthma can benefit from having air conditioning to battle heat and humidity. Bear in mind an unkempt air condition unit can actually exacerbate health conditions by throwing around dirt and mold spores. This blog takes a look at a few options that might save you some cash, and keep you cool.

Of course, there is the financial outlay of buying an air conditioning system. These can be installed in a window or even a bigger unit that sits outside on a concrete slab. The cost will widely vary, as will the monthly charge to keep them running. That can run and extra 25 bucks and up per month.


There are plenty of cost-effective ways to stay classy and cool in your house as the summer months hang lazily around.

  • Open your windows in the evening and overnight. Best to keep to the upper windows if you have a second floor - we don’t want to invite thieves in. Or, if you can open windows and secure them with a locking mechanism, all the better. This reduces the humidity that accumulates during the day, and of course, the temperature drops at night. Once the sun comes up, close the windows before you leave for work. When you close the windows, draw the blinds as well. This will stop your house from heating up during the intense heat of the day.
  • If possible, shade east and west windows of your property. An easily installed awning can help.
  • Summertime means the ability to crank up the BBQ. Cooking outside as much as possible limits the amount of heat put into your house through your conventional oven. Speaking of appliances, do laundry at night. Those big machines can throw a surprising amount of heat.
  • An old roof could be doing a great job of trapping the heat in the attic. While it’s a big investment, it is a long term solution. Consider roof replacement.
  • If you are using an AC unit, close the doors of the rooms you are not using in order to conserve the amount of energy you are using.
  • Install ceiling fans in key living spaces.
  • While this may not be your first choice, taking cooler showers helps cool you down.
  • If you can, sleep on a lower level of your home, it stays cooler at night. Why? Heat rises.