This summer at Four Seasons, we are going to do everything in our power to help you save money on your air conditioning costs. For some homeowners, this will mean replacing their aging air conditioning unit with a new high efficiency system. For others, replacing the system isn’t necessary or it’s simply not in the budget for this summer season. For this group of homeowners, saving money will consist of minimizing the use of the air conditioning system as much as possible, but we don’t want you to sacrifice comfort for savings. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to stay cool without turning up the air conditioner:
Tips To Keep Cool Without the A/C:
- Fans: Many homeowners may have a fan or two in the home, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have ceiling fans installed in every bedroom and living room in the home. Circulation is key to comfort and when you have low cost, energy efficient fans circulating the air in your home, you will not need to rely on the air conditioner as heavily on extra hot days.
- Programmable Thermostats: Programmable thermostats make it possible to use the air conditioner when you need it and still save money. How is this possible? Well, consider all of the time you spend outside your home during the summer season. Normally the air conditioner keeps pumping out cool air while you are gone, and this wastes money. A programmable thermostat can be set to turn up the temperature when you are away from the home. Every degree counts this summer, and a programmable thermostat install by Four Seasons can help you stay in control of your energy costs.
- Cool Clothes: Another way to keep your family cool this summer is to wear loose fitting, light colored clothes on hot days. Loose fitting clothes allow your skin to breath and circulated air to keep you cool. Light colored clothes do not attract the hot sun as much as black or dark colored clothes do. Walking around the home in jeans or sweat pants is going to force you to turn down the air conditioner and waste energy.
- Close the Curtains: Sunlight exposure inside your home during the day will increase the overall temperature in the home. The added heat will force the a/c to run for longer periods of time, and will waste energy. Keep the curtains closed tight during the day to keep out the sun’s hot rays.
- Boost Airflow: The final step is to boost air flow within the system HVAC system in any way that you can. This means that you need to go around the home and check for vents that are blocked by furniture, curtains, or any other object that could be obstructing the flow of air. Better air flow means cooler rooms and lower energy bills!
Implementing these tips in your home is easy to do, and as always if you need a little help, Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning and Four Seasons Home Services is always there to help.
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