How to Save Money While Keeping Cool in the Summer

In the summer heat, air conditioning is a necessity in many homes. However, air conditioning can be quite costly, and keeping cool can take its toll on your wallet.

There are a few ways you can stay cool and minimize energy costs.

102786594_fabe4457c9Closing Vents

Basements are naturally cooler, so if you have basement vents, choose which ones to close off so that the cooler air goes to the parts of your house that need it. Also, close off vents located in any unused rooms, such as a guest room. You don’t need spend money cooling spaces that don’t need to be cool.

Routine Maintenance

Make sure your air conditioner filter is clean. It may need to be changed about every three months, but you should check it once a month to make sure it is clean. You should also have your heating and air units serviced by a professional once a year. Correcting any problems will make sure your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible.

Turn Up the Temperature

If you can tolerate the temperature being a bit warmer, turn it up a degree or two more. According to ‘Do It Yourself Life’, For every degree above 78, you’ll save 5 to 8 percent on cooling costs.” Turning the thermostat up when you are away from home for a few hours will also help to save on cooling costs.

You can also turn up your thermostat a bit at night. Use these tips to keep your bed cooler and more comfortable while you sleep.

Fans will help circulate air when the air conditioner is not running. They will help you feel cooler even when the air conditioner is running and the thermostat is set a bit higher.

Windows

Close your window shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day. Blocking the sun when it is shining directly through your windows will keep temperatures cooler in your home. If you want natural light, open up curtains as the sun moves and is no longer shining directly in your windows.

It is important to feel comfortable in your home during the summer. Using these few tricks will help you stay cool and cut back a bit on high energy bills.

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