The temperature is quickly rising, and people everywhere are blasting their air conditioning in efforts to beat the heat. Your trusted HVAC technicians at Medford Wellington Services want to offer some tips for keeping your cooling costs down all summer long. Read on to find out the best ways to save money on your monthly cooling costs:
- Block Out The Sun: Keeping curtains and blinds closed on hot days can significantly reduce the energy it takes to cool your house. During summer, we love enjoying the sun as much as the next person. But to efficiently keep your cooling costs down, enjoy the sun outdoors, and come inside to cool off.
- Keep An Eye On Doors And Windows: If you’re like us, you probably spent your childhood hearing your parents say, “Close that door! We aren’t trying to cool the whole neighborhood!” But keeping the house cool requires more than just closing doors and windows. If you’re doing everything you can to keep your cooling costs down, but aren’t seeing results on the monthly bill, you could have worn out door and window seals. This could require professional contractors to come in and fix air leaks, or if you’re handy with a caulk gun you could try to tackle this yourself.
- Break Out The Fans: It may seem counterintuitive to run another device while trying to keep cooling costs low. However, fans can actually keep rooms feeling cooler without blasting the AC. Fans help circulate cool air, and the wind-chill effect can make you feel up to 7 degrees cooler, which means you can raise your thermostat without drastically changing the feel of the room. Ceiling and floor fans are great because they only need to be ran when someone is in the room, making them an energy-efficient option for keeping occupants comfortable.
- Avoid Using Heat-Generating Appliances During The Day: Have you ever done a load of laundry on a hot day? Suddenly your innocent washer and dryer have turned into heat producing monsters that make your cool home warm and humid. Certain appliances such as the dishwasher, washing machine, stovetop, and oven can generate enough heat to significantly change the temperature in your house, meaning your AC has to work overtime to keep it cool. Even hot showers and large TVs can impact the inside temperature. You can use this as a great excuse to grill in the backyard, have a picnic, or even make dinner in the microwave.
- Turn Up The Temp: As we’ve discussed before, it is a myth that keeping your thermostat on the same setting when you leave the house will lower your cooling costs because your unit doesn’t need to work as hard to re-cool the house. It is also a myth that you should shut off your thermostat completely. The most efficient way to keep your house cool while keeping your costs down is to raise the temperature when you leave, and lower it when you come home.
BONUS TIP: MAINTAIN YOUR HVAC SYSTEM YEAR-ROUND
Our Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island customers know how important it is to have a trustworthy HVAC company to repair any emergency heating and cooling problems. But having yearly maintenance checks is also vital to making sure that problems don’t arise in the first place. Maintenance services can stop major problems before they happen, possibly saving you thousands of dollars on repairs and replacements. If you’re in our northeastern service areas, give us a call today to find out how we can help you lower your monthly cooling costs this summer!