With summer just around the corner, you want to keep your home comfortable without spending a lot more each month on the utility bill. Here are a few tips to help you reduce cooling costs at home.
Use Ceiling Fans to Reduce Cooling Costs at Home
Use a ceiling fan to circulate air and you can turn up the thermostat by about 4 degrees without affecting your comfort. A ceiling fan should be set to turn in a counterclockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect. In more temperate zones, you may be able to avoid air conditioners altogether by installing fans in each room. When purchasing a ceiling fan, look for an ENERGY STAR label.
Avoid Heat Build-up
When trying to keep the house cool, turn off appliances and electrical devices that generate heat. Keep the lights off during the day, as 90% of the energy emitted by an incandescent bulb is given off as heat. Air-dry your dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s dry setting, which will warm the room and increase your humidity levels. Hang clothes outdoors to dry or wait until evening to run the clothes dryer.
Reduce Cooling Costs at Home by Using Window Blinds
Reduce the load on your air conditioner on hot days by keeping window blinds and curtains closed to block the sun’s rays. The heat from the sun will warm a room and cause your AC to work harder to maintain a cool temperature.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
It is important to clean or replace your air conditioning filters every 30 – 90 days, as recommended by the manufacturer. This reduces the demand on the air conditioning system. Clean filters help the unit run more efficiently and improve indoor air quality by trapping pollutants. Once a year, hire a technician to check and tune-up your air conditioning system.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Use modern technology to help you save money on cooling costs. Install a smart thermostat and program it to only cool the home when someone is home. Using your smartphone, you can control the thermostat and adjust the temperature even when you’re away from the house.
Follow these tips to save money on cooling your home this summer and you’ll keep your family comfortable without spending a fortune.