5 Ways To Cut The Cost of Summer
For homeowners in the more hot and arid regions of the country, such as Arizona, summer means more than just a heat wave—it can be a heavy hit on the pocketbook, too. For those trying to stay cool without burning through the bank account, here are some ideas for keeping the costs of air conditioning to a minimum.
Try a solar screen: Many people don’t realize that those cheery rays of sunlight shining through the living room window are actually heating up the house, too, especially in drier climates where summer heat is intensified. To combat the rays without sacrificing the view, try adding a solar screen to your windows; these screens can intercept a majority of the solar energy that would otherwise be warming your home's air and combating the effects of your A/C.
Pull down the shade: Are fancy solar screens out of the budget for you? Traditional window shades are effective, too. Keeping solid shades pulled down during the hottest parts of the day will help ensure that the heat waves radiating through your windows stay at the windows.
Turn up the temperature: During the heat of the summer, the thought of turning the A/C up instead of down may seem a bit unreasonable. However, setting the thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re away at work or school will mean less strain on the equipment during the hottest part of the day and more savings when it comes time to pay the bill. Even a few degrees will make a difference.
Make sure your home is leak-free: In many homes, especially those that are older, much of the cooling cost comes from cracks and broken seals along doors and windows. Make sure all drafts are patched with caulk or weatherstripping to keep the cold air from leaking out.
Service equipment regularly: Consistent repair and maintenance on your A/C unit will mean optimal performance and lower bills over time. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests you can save anywhere from 5 to 15 percent on energy expenses just by replacing the filter every month or two.
For all of your questions concerning your air conditioning and heating system, reach out to Continental A/C & Heating.