As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:
- To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer. A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is adequate. Have your duct system looked at as well, to ensure that up to 30% of the cooled air isn’t leaking out from unsealed ducts before it ever reaches your living room.
- Change the air filter – and get a couple of spares, too, to remind you that it needs to be changed every 1 to 3 months. This helps keep the air clean and flowing, and helps your system run more efficiently.
- Check your return air ducts throughout the house to make sure they aren’t obstructed. Cool air in the ducts doesn’t do you much good if it can’t get to the living room.
- Use your ceiling fans correctly. While ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature of your home, they move air across your skin, making you more comfortable at higher temperatures. Keeping the fan on while you’re in the room will enable you to raise your thermostat a degree or two.
- Use a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature a little warmer when you’re away, and a little cooler while you’re home.
- Check your insulation between the attic and your living space for year-round comfort. Both cool air and warm air can escape through inadequately insulated spaces.
- Close the curtains or blinds during the day to keep the sunshine and heat out.
- Consider installing a whole-house fan. In the cooler overnight temperatures, it will push the cool air into your home and push the hot air out of the attic.
- Cook in the microwave, toaster oven, or on the grill; avoid a traditional oven as much as possible to keep interior temperatures comfortable.
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