Tips For Affordable Air Conditioning
Tired of high energy bills every summer? Already thinking about autumn, and the summer hasn’t even begun? Maybe it’s time to take a look at your air conditioning system and make a few improvements to help lower your energy costs.
Start With An Energy Audit
If your home is more than a few years old, chances are it has leaks that allow airflow to move inside and out. Insulation settles. Door and window seals wear out. And over time, as your house settles, tiny cracks and leaks form and make your home anything but efficient. A home energy audit finds those leaks and gives you recommendations for the best ways to make your home more efficient. Then it’s up to you as to how quickly you make the adjustments.
Not ready to spring for an energy audit? There are many things you can do on your own. Stand next to your doors and windows. Do you feel air movement, especially on a stormy day? If so, start with replacing the weather sealant. Depending on age, it might also be time to upgrade your door and windows.
You should also consider the appliances throughout your home. Do you have a programmable thermostat? How about upgrading to a smart one. How about your appliances? How long has it been since you’ve replaced your water heater, clothes dryer, and dishwasher? Sometimes an upgrade can help you save on your utility bills in the long run.
Sometimes knowing your home is the best way to save money. What rooms get the most sunlight? Close the blinds to avoid the suns rays heating up your room during the day. Does your home sit empty during the workday? Raise the temperature a few degrees – why cool your home if nobody is there?
You should also consider adding a ceiling fan to the most used rooms in your home. While a ceiling fan won’t cool the temperature of the room, it will increase air movement. Adding a little air movement can help a room feel as much as ten degrees cooler, meaning you can raise the temperature on your thermostat accordingly.
How efficient is your air conditioner?