Top 5 tips to stay COOL while not going broke this summer!
When money is tight, cooling bills can be a real drain on a home’s finances.
Here are some simple energy-saving tips to help your home stay cool while not emptying your bank account.
1. Ceiling fans
Ceiling fans circulate the air making you feel 3 to 8 degrees cooler.
Each degree below 78 degrees increases your energy bill by 3-4% more a month.
By using ceiling fans you will feel cool and also be able to bump up your thermostat a few degrees allowing your A/C unit to not work as hard which will result in lower cooling bills.
Make sure your ceiling fan is turning in the right direction.
Almost all ceiling fans have a button on the side of the fan to switch the direction of the blades.
You will want to make sure the fan air is blowing down so that it sends air past you and removes any hot air from around you.
2. Bedroom box fan
Before going to bed, turn up the thermostat a few degrees and turn a fan on blowing toward the bottom of the bed.
As the air rises to the sheets, you will feel nice and cool sleeping in your bed while saving money while not cooling the rest of the house at night.
3. Use a smart thermostat
Most central air thermostats have a built-in timer.
When you plan on leaving each day, program your timer to bump up your thermostat 10 degrees, and then to re-set to your desired temp a half hour before you return home.
4. Clean condenser & evaporator coils
A poorly maintained air conditioner uses 10 to 30% more energy and has a shorter life.
In order to make sure that your air conditioner runs smooth and efficiently, at the beginning of every spring/summer season clean the condenser and evaporator coils.
After turning off the power to the A/C unit, the fin coils can be washed on the outside with a garden hose.
The coils on the inside should be inspected and serviced by an HVAC specialist.
5. Clean or change AC filters monthly
Dirty air filters are the #1 cause for air conditioner breakdowns.
Over 90% of breakdowns are caused by lack of maintenance.
A dirty air filter can slow down air flow and cause your air conditioner to work harder.
Proper cleaning and maintenance can add years to the life of your A/C unit.
Replacing an old air conditioner could cut your cooling costs by 30 to 50%. If you own an older A/C unit and use central air every day, it might be the sensible option to pay a higher upfront cost for the replacement of a more efficient air conditioning unit.
When it comes to staying COOL, our HVAC specialists can advice you on the best options for the air within your home.
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