During the summer months, you can spend hundreds of dollars on cooling costs. It may sometimes feel like you have to choose between being comfortable in your own home or saving money. This isn’t necessarily the case, however. Use these tips to save money on cooling cost without sacrificing comfortably.
1. Adjust the Temperature
One of the biggest mistakes people make with their air conditioning is allowing it to run automatically all the time. You should adjust the temperature at night and when you leave the house. That way you can keep your home comfortable when you’re home during the day, but you don’t have to pay to cool an empty or sleeping house.
2. Service Your AC Unit
At least once a year you should get your HVAC unit serviced. Call a professional to clean the equipment and conduct minor repairs to make sure it is running at its highest efficiency. When your air conditioner isn’t working properly, it takes more energy to cool your home. Proper maintenance can save you money on cooling costs.
3. Plant Strategically
Planting tall trees and bushes around your home can help shield it from the sun and reduce heat. Look for plants that are native to the area and don’t require a lot of water. Plant them close enough to the home to provide plenty of shade. If you plant strategically enough, your home will spend most, if not all, of the day in the shade.
4. Choose Smart Window Treatments
Certain window treatments do a better job of keeping your home cooler. Solar screens can help deflect sun rays, as can window film. The film is transparent, but it deflects the sun’s heat rays so the light, but not the heat, comes inside. You can also use heavy drapes and blinds as well.
5. Proper Circulation
Maintaining air circulation throughout your home can reduce the need for air conditioning. Place a fan across from a window. On cooler days, or in the evenings, you can open the window and turn on the fan to create a comfortable cross breeze. Remember to turn off the air when the windows are open to save on costs.
Proper insulation is important in the summer, and the winter. You don’t want to spend money cooling your home, just to have more warm air waft in through a leaky window. Keeping your home properly insulated reduces keeps your home cooler and reduces the need for air conditioning. Seal up any air leaks around windows and doors and make sure your walls, roof and attic space are properly insulated.
Using these tips can reduce your air conditioning costs, without sacrificing comfort. St. George homes are usually well equipped to take the heat and keep you comfortable all summer long.