Summer time can be draining on your finances, between the added costs of vacationing, entertaining and cooling your home. The good news is that it’s easy to save on cooling costs, give your air conditioner a break, and still maintain your desired level of comfort.
Tips for Saving
- Become more efficient. Inefficient appliances are a drain on resources, as well as a source of heat. Replace aging appliances with energy efficient models, and unplug electronics when not in use. Switch out incandescent light bulbs for cool, efficient LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) to reduce heat, save on energy costs and lower your carbon footprint.
- Work from the outside in.When it’s time to repaint or replace the roof, use light colored paint or materials which absorb less heat than darker colors.
- Harness the power of motion. Adequate ventilation and air movement can save on cooling, while reducing your reliance on the air conditioner.
- Ceiling fans keep you cool by creating the wind chill effect, where the increased air movement hastens evaporation of perspiration on your skin. Since they cool people and not rooms, turn them off when you leave to maximize savings.
- Attic ventilation can help clear out the accumulated hot, humid attic air, and along with adequate insulation levels, can help prevent heat transfer to your living space below.
- Keep out the sun. The high angle of the summer sun gives it easier access to your windows. Keep it out with strategic landscaping, such as deciduous trees on the south side of your home, which will allow the low angle rays to warm your home in the winter months.
- Tighten up your home. Check the perimeter for signs of air leaks from areas such as windows, doors and wall outlets. Seal with caulking or weatherstripping, and insulate wall sockets or light switches if necessary. Beef up attic insulation levels if needed, making sure to insulate and seal around the attic hatch.
For more tips on how to save on cooling by reducing air conditioner usage, call the experts at Ray & Son Heating & Air. We proudly serve homeowners in Nashville and the surrounding areas.
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