14 Apr 8 Tips to Reduce Cooling Costs in Your Dayton Home
Although our Ohio summers can be warm, you don’t have to break the bank keeping your home cool. There are great ways to maintain comfort and to reduce cooling costs at the same time. Here are eight tips to live by this summer.
- Vent moisture. Humidity in your home can make you feel warmer, so whenever cooking or showering, turn on your exhaust fan. If you don’t have one, crack the window.
- Prevent solar heat gain. Shut blinds and drapes during the heat of the day, or install window film to cut down on radiant heat that enters your home. Some window coverings allow natural light to enter but prevent heat gain.
- Don’t use appliances that heat the home. Cook outside with your gas grill instead of the oven, or use the microwave to cook easy summer meals.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Setting a cooling schedule that raises the temperature just a few degrees when the family is sleeping or away from home can save you up to 10 percent on your air conditioning bills this summer. A programmable thermostat will help you keep to your schedule, so that you won’t need to remember to reset the thermostat before you go to bed or before you leave home.
- Use fans. Whether it’s a box fan or one mounted in the ceiling, fans will help you cut your energy use in summer by several degrees. Fans create wind that makes us feel cooler, even without turning the thermostat down.
- Seal ductwork. Your ducts are critical to utilizing your conditioned air efficiently. Make sure all holes are repaired and all segments sealed tightly so you don’t waste energy.
- Insulate and air seal. Insulate your attic to keep the sun from heating it in the summer, compromising your cooling efforts. Seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors with weatherstripping and sealant.
- Buy Energy Star appliances. Energy Star, the government’s efficiency rating system for appliances, can help uide you to the most efficient air conditioner choices for your home.
For more on how to reduce cooling costs this summer, contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning.