With the rising price of electricity, it is important to cool your home as efficiently as possible. By taking a few, simple steps, you can cool your home without breaking the bank.
The first thing that I would recommend is to have your cooling system inspected by a professional. The initial expense of this inspection could easily be regained in a short period of time. A well maintained cooling system is a more efficient cooling system. After the inspection, it is important to keep filters clean in order for air to flow freely through them. The filters should be replaced monthly in order to maintain their maximum efficiency rate.
Once the inspection has been completed, you may want to consider installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically control the temperature of your home even while you are away. This is a great tool to use when you will be away from home for an extended period of time.
If you are looking for immediate and easy ways to start saving money on your cooling bill, there are a few things that you could implement that take very little effort.
- Keep curtains closed in the summer to block the sun from entering through the window. Not only will this keep your cooling costs down, but it will also keep the sun from fading your carpet or furniture.
- Install and use fans. When using either ceiling mounted or floor fans, they work to circulate the air in your home, thus making it feel cooler. It is actually possible to raise the thermostat a few degrees and still feel very comfortable when using fans to circulate the air in your home.
- Run your clothes dryer at night or line dry your clothes. The heat that comes from the dryer is actually quite significant and by running it at night when temperatures are typically cooler, the effect will not be felt as much.
By taking a few steps to make your home more energy efficient, you can be well on your way making your summer cooling costs manageable.