There are some pretty well-known ways to save on your summer cooling costs, such as making sure cracks and gaps around doors and windows are sealed or keeping your thermostat set higher, but there are also some unexpected ways to save on cooling costs you may not have thought of.
Insulation is not just good for improving the heating of your home. Added insulation in exterior walls, floors and ceilings can help keep your home cool during the summer and reduce your overall cooling costs.
One of the easiest ways to help your air conditioner do its job during the summer months is not to add heat to the mix.
That means not using appliances that generate excess heat, such as your stove, oven and clothes dryer. To avoid using these appliances, line dry your clothes and grill out or have cold meals such as sandwiches and salads.
Contrary to what many people believe, running fans in addition to your air conditioning does not raise your energy costs; fans actually probably help reduce them. Fans typically use less energy than a traditional light bulb.
Whether it’s a small box fan or your ceiling fans, running fans to help circulate air can help reduce your summer cooling costs by up to 5 percent.
On very humid days during the summer, your air conditioning unit will work more efficiently if you slow down its fan speed.
By slowing the air movement through your unit, you wind up removing more humidity from the air, which makes it feel more comfortable. That means you can set your A/C on a higher temperature, therefore using less energy and reducing your costs.
You might be surprised to find how much you can save on your summer cooling costs simply by keeping your A/C unit clean and maintained. Have your unit serviced by an HVAC professional each spring.
Beyond that, you should change your filter each season and hose off your A/C unit at least once during the summer to clean out dirt and debris. A clean and maintained A/C system will use less electricity, therefore reducing your cooling costs.
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