Summer is officially here, which means it’s time for sandals, cookouts, pool parties – and, of course, trying to stay cool. Nobody wants to spend their summer worrying about their utility bill. Fortunately, rising temperatures don’t have to mean rising energy costs. Read on for five easy ways to beat the heat and soak up the savings.
Get smart. If you haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat, consider making the switch this summer! A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts your home’s temperature settings for optimal comfort and energy savings. In addition to saving energy and money, most smart thermostat systems include convenient features like the ability to remotely control your heating and cooling settings via your smartphone. When shopping for a smart thermostat, don’t forget to look for the ENERGY STAR®, which guarantees the highest possible quality and performance.
Create a change of scenery. Channel your inner interior designer and do some rearranging. If you have furniture blocking your air conditioning vents, you might be paying to cool the back of a chair or sofa. Moving furniture away from the vents allows the cool air out into the home, where it can be enjoyed by you and your family.
Keep it up. Whether you’re cooling your home with an air conditioning unit, evaporative cooler, or heat pump, proper upkeep is key. Changing out your air filter at least once every three months will improve air flow and keep your system from being overworked. It’s also important to have your cooling system inspected annually, to ensure it’s in working order. Have your contractor check the air ducts to make sure they’re not leaking or disconnected.
Onward and upward. The basement is typically the coolest room in the home. If you notice a significant difference in temperature between the basement and main level, try closing your basement vents. By doing so, you’ll force the cool air to the top of the home first.
Go natural. Instead of reaching for the thermostat dial right away, try some of these environmentally-friendly ways to cool down:
- Switch to LED bulbs. LEDs give off less heat than incandescent and CFL bulbs, while using 75 percent less energy.
- Take a break from technology. Your computer, TV, and chargers all generate heat in your home, requiring your cooling system to work overtime. Head outside for a walk or bike ride instead!
- Close the curtains. Keeping the sweltering sun from streaming directly into the windows can give your cooling system a reprieve.
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