Summer heat is coming soon to Oklahoma, and you know that means running your A/C all day to keep cool. It’s necessary, but it wastes energy and costs money. Isn’t there a way to keep your home comfortable without breaking the bank? Here are eight ways you can save energy and keep cooling costs down.
- Programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat lets you set different temperatures for different times of the day. When everyone is home, it’s in cooling mode, but while you’re at work and the kids are at school, the setting should 10-15 degrees warmer to save energy while no one is home.
- Outdoor cooking. Using the stove or oven when it’s already hot only makes your home harder to keep cool. Try cooking outdoors on the grill instead.
- Fans. When you do cook indoors, use a range hood with a fan to help dissipate the heat. Similarly, turn on the bathroom fan when you take a hot shower to reduce the heat and humidity.
- Insulation. Insulation slows the flow of heat to your home. Insulate your walls to keep outdoor heat from seeping indoors.
- Ceiling fans. If you use a ceiling fan in tandem with your A/C, you can turn the thermostat up four degrees with no reduction in comfort. The wind chill factor makes the air feel cooler against your skin.
- Ductwork. If cool air leaks out of your ducts before it reaches your living spaces, it’s a waste of energy. Similarly, if the air gets progressively warmer as it travels to your vents, it’s costing you money. Reduce cooling costs considerably by insulating your ducts and sealing any holes or leaks.
- Window coverings. Install energy-efficient coverings over your windows that let natural light in but still keep out the heat.
- Upgrade. If you’re in the market for a new A/C, be sure to get one with the blue Energy Star logo on it. This means it’s guaranteed by the federal Energy Star program to save money and energy over similar models without sacrificing performance or features.
For more tips on lowering cooling costs, contact us at Davis Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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