How To Save Money And Stay Cooler This Summer
Staying cool and comfortable through the dog days of summer can be challenging if your home has to battle the heat with an antiquated window unit. While there is some obvious installation cost associated with a new HVAC unit, you will quickly notice the monthly financial savings. The fact is, HVAC units are much more economical than window units.
If you already have an HVAC unit, you are already halfway there. Still, many homeowners fail to maximize the benefits of their air conditioner by overlooking some important yet simple steps. Read on to learn more.
Let Your HVAC System Breathe
Think of your home’s air filters as its lungs. Now wouldn’t you want to keep those as clean as possible? Consequently, you should vacuum them regularly so that warm air is dispelled and cool air glides in easily.
Take Care of that HVAC
The flip side of keeping the air filters clean is regularly clearing debris from the outside of your HVAC unit. Leaves, tree branches and other debris can cover or clog the screen and grill, causing it to run less effectively. The bottom line is that your unit needs the free flow of air in order to operate efficiently and effectively.
Fill in Those Empty Spaces
Every home, particularly older ones, has its weak points where seals are broken and air from outside makes its way inside, and vice versa. This can be a killer for your summer cooling bill. However, you can minimize or even eliminate those unnecessary costs by going through your home and resealing any cracks or gaps around windows, window sills, baseboards and doors. It is estimated that sealing major cracks can save up to 20 percent on a cooling bill.
Adding insulation to your walls and around your ducts can work wonders for keeping the cool air in and warm air out, which will allow you to maintain a steady temperature while using a minimum of energy.
Keep It Steady
Make sure you have a functioning programmable thermostat installed. This may seem like it’s just a matter of comfort, but a programmable thermostat will help establish and maintain a constant, cool temperature that you find comfortable, allowing the HVAC unit to operate at maximum efficiency. Turn it a bit lower when you leave the house, then program it to cool slightly about an hour before you get home. This will help you avoid asking your unit to cool the house dramatically in a short period of time, thus saving money in the long run.
Ultimately, you don’t have to give up any comfort or spend extra money to ensure your home is being cooled as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.