Air conditioning can make up a significant portion of a home's energy use. In order to save money on energy bills this summer, you can follow these six energy-saving tips:
- Reflecting - Your home absorbs a lot of heat from the sunlight that shines down on it. This is particularly true with roofs and windows. There are reflective coatings available for both that can reduce heat absorption. You can also install a radiant barrier below the roof to lessen the amount of heat that gets further into your home. You might not want to apply reflective coatings to south-facing windows because it will also reduce the amount of heating you can gain from them in the winter.
- Insulating - Improving your home's insulation has the benefit of not only helping it stay cool in the summer, but also improving its heat retention in the winter. Attics can be much hotter than the outdoor air in the summer, so they're the best place to start with any insulation improvements. Making sure your home is well-sealed against air leakage is also important.
- Shading - Landscaping is a great way to shield your home from the sun's rays. Deciduous trees are ideal because the loss of leaves in the autumn means your home can still gain heat from the winter sun. There are also artificial means of shading, such as awnings, shades and solar screens.
- Removing heat - If it's hotter inside your home than it is outdoors, you should open windows to allow cool breezes into your home. It's also wise to ventilate your attic to reduce the amount of heat buildup. Be careful installing attic fans, often they can create more harm than good by actually sucking conditioned air out of the house. They need to be properly designed and installed to make sure they work properly.
- Reducing heat generation - Lights and appliances create heat in your home and should only be used when necessary. Switching to compact fluorescent or LED lighting will significantly lessen the amount of heat generated.
- Air circulation - Air movement creates a wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler. Ceiling fans should be turned on when you're in a room to help make it more comfortable and turned off when you leave the room. Be sure to reverse the direction of the ceiling from heating to cooling season.
If you want more energy-saving tips, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've provided Cleveland area homeowners with HVAC sales and service expertise since 1936.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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