How to Save More This Summer
Replace your air filters. Clogged air filters decrease performance and make AC systems work harder. Inspect and replace dirty air filters to optimize air flow and to keep an older unit in good running order throughout the summer.
Tune up your AC. An annual maintenance check includes cleaning filters, coils and unit, and checking for foreseeable future problems. This can help the AC run more efficiently keeping utility costs down.
Check your insulation. Look for cracks and leaks in your walls, attic, crawl spaces, basement, garage and ceiling. Make sure insulation is intact to keep in cool air throughout the home.
Close those blinds and use heat or energy saving tint on windows. Eliminate the sun’s direct path by keeping blinds closed. This can make a difference of as much as 10 degrees. Tint blocks incoming heat reducing cooling costs; also reduces uv rays from damaging furniture.
Close doors. Try to minimize cool air loss through outside door openings, especially during the hottest time of the day.
Only produce heat in the coolest hours. Run dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer during early morning hours or late evening. This will keep the AC unit from having to work hard during the hottest hours of the day to cool the home.
Turn off the oven. Give the oven and stove a break and grill at every opportunity. This keeps the kitchen heat outside and reduces the need to cool it.
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