5 Ways to Cut Your Cooling Costs this Summer
Posted on August 10th, 2015 by Devine Bros
During the summer months, one of the biggest concern of homeowners is their rising utility bill. Keeping your house cool doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and you don’t have to sacrifice your family’s comfort in order to save money.
Check out these 5 ways to cut your cooling your cooling costs this summer:
1. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat costs a little money up front, but they quickly pay for themselves with the year-round energy savings they offer. Set your cooling system to automatically use less energy by keeping the house a few degrees warmer while everyone is sleeping or away at work.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Air conditioners have filters which need to be cleaned or replaced every so often. If neglected for too long, these dirty filters can restrict air flow and put extra wear-and-tear on your system. How often you need to change yours depends on the size and type of filter, so refer to your owners manual for specific instructions for your model.
3. Upgrade Your Insulation
If your home isn’t properly insulated, your money could be going out the window – literally. Cold air can escape your house through your doors, walls, windows, ceilings, and even floor. Maximize your energy-efficiency by sealing all of your home’s air leaks and following these insulation recommendations.
4. Supplement With Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are for more than just looks; they can actually be a functioning part of your HVAC system. Set the blades on your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise during the summer; this will force air downward on the room and create a wind chill effect, helping your house feel 2-3 degrees cooler at all times!
5. Have Your A/C Unit Tuned Up
A poorly-maintained air conditioner can use up to 30% more energy than one which has been properly cared for. Having your cooling system tuned up each year by a professional technician will do more than just lower your energy bills; it can also help prevent future breakdowns and allow your unit to last longer.
Do you live in southwestern Connecticut? Count on Devine Bros. to tune up your air conditioner this summer! Our 16-point cooling system tune up includes cleaning, lubricating, and inspecting all of the components necessary to keep your A/C running efficiently for a long time. Click here to schedule a tune up or call us at (203) 866-4421.