5 Unexpected Ways to Save on Cooling Costs
Cutting down on your home cooling costs this summer will lessen your use of utilities and help you to save money this year.
These unexpected ways to cut back on your energy consumption are not complicated, and if you can not make the change yourself, your local HVAC repair company will gladly send a technician over to complete the job for you.
1. Check Air Ducts for Leaks
Any leaks in the air duct system will cause treated air to simply waste away in the attic where it does no one any good. Each time the cooling system is running, only a fraction of that treated air is finding its way into the rooms that need it the most.
The simple fix here is to find the leaks and duct tape the openings. Your local HVAC technician can pressure test the system and easily find any locations where the air is leaking.
2. Age of Cooling System
The older your cooling system, the less efficient it will run. If you have never changed the cooling system since you lived in the home, now is the perfect time to take advantage of rebates and access more efficient models. The savings year after year on a new unit could easily make up the cost of the system in no time.
3. Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat takes all the guess-work out of setting the temperature of the treated air in the home. The biggest benefit is the unit will raise the air at night while you are sleeping and turn it on when you need it the most.
Turning the air up when you are at work or out of the home is a cost-effective way to reduce your energy use this summer.
4. Change Air Filter
The least costly and one of the most effective ways to save on cooling costs is to change the air filter in the cooling system.
The clogged filter causes the cooling system to work much harder to push treated air into the air duct system. Replacing the filter will cause less wear on the system and this, in turn, costs you less in utility consumption.
5. Close the Blinds
In rooms that have direct sunlight, install or close blinds to cut down on direct sunlight from heating up a room. Consider room darkening curtains to keep the room cooler without causing the cooling system to have to work harder.
Want some insight on ways to save in your Greenwood home? Call Johnson Heating & Cooling at (317) 881-7738 today, and find out how you can save on cooling costs this month!