Even in the middle of a Cleveland heat wave, there are effective ways of keeping cooling costs down. Here are eight useful techniques for trimming expenses while still staying cool.
- Turn the temperature up. Operate your air conditioning system at a higher temperature. For every degree you turn up the thermostat and reduce cooling, you'll save a significant amount on your monthly expenses.
- Stop heat gain. Close blinds and drapes to prevent sunshine from getting in and warming your home. Install sun-blocking window treatments or films. Switch incandescent light bulbs for cooler-working chlorofluorocarbon (CFL) bulbs.
- Insulate your attic.Make sure your attic has plenty of insulation, both in the ceiling and the floor between the attic and your indoor areas. Attics can get very hot in the summer, and this heat will radiate downward and increase indoor temperatures.
- Use the fan.When temperatures are mild, use your air conditioner's fan-only function. This prevents the compressor from operating and wasting money by generating cooling you don't really need.
- Seal air and energy leaks.Check your ductwork areas where air could leak out of the system. Seal these areas thoroughly with mastic or metal tape. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed with weatherstripping and that there are no areas of hidden energy loss in your home.Scheduling a whole-home duct and energy audit is something that all homeowners ought to do for their home. The evaluation will highlight any weaknesses in the integrity of your home.
- Change the filter. Keep clean air filters in your cooling system. Dirty filters can interfere with airflow and cause malfunctions and breakdowns. Check filters at least monthly and change them when they're dirty.
- Schedule regular preventive maintenance. Regular professional maintenance keeps your HVAC system working properly and efficiently. Your technician can make adjustments and repairs that boost performance and help keep cooling costs down. Studies have shown that regular maintenance can reduce cooling costs up to 30 percent.
- Install high-efficiency systems. Consider replacing your existing air conditioner with a newer high-efficiency model. These systems provide excellent cooling at a much lower cost and can save you 20 to 40 percent on your monthly bills.
P. K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling is greater Cleveland's and northeast Ohio's expert source for professional heating and cooling services and has been for more than 75 years. Contact us today for more information on keeping cooling costs down while maintaining a comfortable indoor living space.Follow @PKwadsworth
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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