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Saving Big On Cooling Costs

Saving Big On Cooling Costs

The summer heat can be unbearable. It is natural to want to rely more on your AC when the temperatures outside skyrocket.

Before you crank up the AC, turn to these measures to drive down energy costs. You can take steps such as ensuring that your home is well shaded and properly insulated, but you may need to replace an old AC unit to further cut cooling costs.

Sunlight beaming through your windows sounds pleasant, but during the summer it only draws greater heat into your home. If you can effectively shade your home from the sun your home will be much cooler and your cooling costs will be greatly reduced.

Trees planted on the east and west sides of your home shield your home from the sun’s rays. Screens, drapes and blinds can also be effective in cooling your home efficiently.

Circulating air produced by ceiling fans can allow you to rely less on your air conditioner. Even if you have a room that is very hot, you can use fans to circulate air from other rooms to help cool it off.

Open a window for a bit of fresh air. You can open your windows during cooler periods of the day such as night and morning. Make sure to keep windows closed during day or you will only draw a greater amount of heat in your home. It’s similar to running the AC in your car when you have the windows down; the open window completely defeats the purpose of the AC.

It does little good to air condition your home if the cool air is escaping through cracks and leaks near doors and windows. You can easily save 10% on your energy bills by ensuring that your home is properly sealed and insulated.

If you have had your AC unit for over 10 years, consider replacing your unit. Newer models are designed to run more efficiently. You also need to make sure that you are operating the properly sized AC unit for your home.

Many well intentioned people have AC units that are much too big for their home. If you are running an AC unit that is not properly sized you are throwing money away by conditioning air that you do not need. When you operate a correctly sized energy efficient unit you are greatly reducing your energy bills.

By following these basic tips, you can be cool and comfortable without having to pay astronomical energy bills.

Get expert air conditioning service and advice for your Brenham home from Plumb Level at (979) 200-6674!


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