5 Unexpected Ways to Save On Cooling Costs
As the hottest time of the year approaches, this is usually the same time that your home cooling bills will go through the roof.
Especially hot summer can double or triple your energy usage, and this extra energy does not come cheap in the middle of the summer. Luckily there are 5 unexpected ways to save on cooling costs that you can have done quickly.
1. Installing Programmable Thermostat
Adjusting a manual thermostat is not only time-consuming, it can often become something you forget about each day as the summer progresses.
The easiest way for the homeowner to set this chore hands-free is to simply install a new programmable thermostat. These units are usually compatible with most HVAC systems and only take minutes to install. The overall energy savings however are enormous over the summer.
2. Check and Change Air Filters
The air filter in the HVAC system is responsible for removing all particles from the air before they get inside the homes air ducts. The clogged air filter will force the cooling system to have to work harder to move air into the home, so it is recommended they are checked at least once a month and then change no later than every three months.
3. Reduce Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight coming in any room of the house can heat that room up by several degrees. This means the cooling system has to work longer and harder to get those temperatures back down to desired settings. Simply installing dark window shades or curtains can instantly cut down on that direct sun and actually keep the room cooler.
4. Schedule Cooling Maintenance
Contact your local HVAC repair company and schedule a preventative maintenance check. The technician will be able to inspect all the moving parts of the system and quickly identify areas that are costing you money during the summer. These small repairs can be made quickly rather than having them come out at the busiest time of year to make a costly emergency repair.
5. Turn On Fans
You might be surprised to know that ceiling fans can keep a room cooler at a fraction of the cost of running your cooling system. If you are home alone in one room, turn on the ceiling fan in that room and raise the cooling setting on the thermostat so you aren’t cooling an entire house.
Get expert advice for your La Grange home from Allan E. Power Plumbing at (708) 352-1670!