Seasonal Heating and Air Coditioning Tips
Small changes can save lots of money on your summer cooling bills
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Optimize Your Air Ducts & Vents
You should consider closing vents in seldom or unused rooms, and keeping the doors to these rooms closed. We can test for leaks and properly seal and insulate air ducts, especially those running through basements, crawl spaces and attics.
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When possible, delay heat-generating appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, vacuums, and other major appliances until evening on hot days.
Evening Breezes Only
Keep windows closed durring the day. This sounds simple, but many people forget to close the windows in the morning, thereby letting hot air into the house during the day. If you keep windows open at all, be sure to have proper security to deter theft. An open window is an open invitation.
Cooling the Cooler
Provide shade for your room AC or outside central AC unit. You can increase the efficiency of your unit by as much as 10%. Follow manufacturers guidlines so you don't block crucial air flow.
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Give Your Windows Sunglasses
Installing effective shading and/or tinting your windows can create large savings. White window shades or mini blinds can effectively reduce solar heat gain by as much as 50%. If you have questions about how to do this, please call us and we will be happy to walk you through the basics.
Why Our Service Calls Save You Money
We'll provide routine maintenance for your air conditioner. We clean the filter and/or replace it when necessary. This will maximize your AC's efficiency and help reduce costs.
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Going, Going, Gone
Most people believe that if they are only going to be gone for an hour or two, it is more cost-effective to leave the air conditioner running. Generally speaking this isn't true. The rule of thumbs is that it is better to turn off your air conditioner if you are leaving the house for more than 1 hour.
The Secret Weapon
Use ceiling fans to circulate air when using higher thermostat settings for a cool, comfortable feeling while saving energy. Ceiling fans can cost less than $30 at your local hardware store, and are generally far more effective than using the air conditioner. Combine the fans with a higher thermostat setting for optimum comfort and savings. Call us and we'll help you determine where the most efficient locations will be in your home or office.
Summer Thermostat Settings
Set your thermostat for 78 degrees F or higher.