Summer comes with longer days, shorter nights, and higher temperatures. While this might make for fun days in the sun, it also leads to higher utility bills. If running your A/C around the clock has you worried about your wallet, then these proactive tips can help you keep your home cool for less money this summer:
Install digital thermostat – A modern thermostat can help you save by allowing you to keep the house cooler while you’re home, but use less energy while you’re away. Some can even be controlled by an app, giving you increased flexibility and control over your household environment.
Invest in heavy curtains – Heavy curtains, especially on your east and west windows, can block out more light and heat. Blackout curtains do a great job and can be bought at nearly any department store. You can even place these over blinds to block out even more heat.
Call your utility company – Many utility companies have savings plans based on time of day and periods of peak usage. If so, enroll and limit the use of electricity during peak times, especially of large energy appliances like water heaters, dryers, and ovens.
Use fans liberally – Moving air makes a home more comfortable, even at higher temperatures. By having fans throughout your house, you’ll be able to set your thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort. Placing fans strategically near your vents will also help your cold air reach farther.
Change your air filter – A clean air filter will more easily allow air to pass through your system. In turn, this makes it easier for your system to work efficiently, leading to cooler indoor temperatures with less strain on your unit.
Have more questions on how to keep your home cool during the summer? Need help installing a more efficient system, or upgrading your thermostat? We’re always happy to help, just give us call at (800) 662-4318 or email us with your questions.