At the height of the summer heat, utility bills can soar. One of the best ways to keep your bills down is to invest in an up-to-date, efficient HVAC system, which can achieve efficiency ratings of more than 20 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). If your HVAC is more than 10 years old, it may make sense to think about it. If you’re not ready to upgrade, at least take advantage of these money-saving tips.
Summertime Tips for Cooling Off and Saving
Install ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans can save you a bundle during the summer and the winter. Set the blades to run counter-clockwise in the summer so they can lift warm air to the ceiling and push cool air down to occupant level. During the winter, reverse the blade direction and they will push warm air from the furnace downward.
Block solar radiation.
If the sun burns inside your home during the heat of summer, block it with blinds, curtains, or shades. A longer-term solution is to have tinted window film installed in windows to catch the full glare of the sun. Note that not all window glass works well with tinting, so check with the manufacturer of your windows.
Fire up the grill and cook your meals outdoors so you don’t have to heat up the kitchen. You can also get takeout or cook simple meals in the microwave during the summer, but do avoid using the oven for long periods. Cook in the morning hours, when it’s cooler.
Turn the AC thermostat up a few degrees — or, if possible, turn off the AC at night.
If night temperatures are cool enough, try turning the thermostat up a few degrees while you sleep. (You can even turn off the AC overnight.)
Air seal your home.
Go around your home and seal places where unconditioned air gets in and where conditioned air gets out. Use caulk, insulation, and weatherstripping around doors and windows, baseboards, and exterior walls where wires and pipes come in.
For more money-saving tips, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We serve Monmouth and Ocean counties.