Cooling your Home when the heat is on.
Global warming, fuel prices and the ever rising cost of electricity can mean money saved or quickly lost, depending on the efficiency of your home’s cooling system. Taking a few simple steps now will increase your chances of staying cool and keeping your cool when the utility bill arrives.
1) Have your system checked by a professional. Whatever costs you incur can quickly be regained by ensuring that your system is well maintained and energy efficient.
2) Keep filters clean and free of debris to allow maximum air flow and decrease stress on your system.
3) Consider a programmable thermostat. This tool automatically controls the temperature of your home, even when you are away.
4) Keep window treatments closed to prevent the sun’s heat from permeating your living area. This also reduces the sun’s fading effects on your carpet and furniture.
5) Use ceiling fans. Fans make you feel cooler by creating a “wind chill effect” and only use roughly as much power as a 100 watt light bulb.
6) Run your clothes dryer at night or line-dry your clothes. The heat from your dryer is more easily dispelled during the evening hours, when your system is not working at maximum capacity just to counter the heat of the day. You also might want to consider upgrading to any number of today’s more energy-efficient models.
These are just a few ideas for keeping your cool this summer season. Please don’t forget to check with your local electric company for more money-saving options in your area.