If you are like most homeowners, you open your first summer electric bill with trepidation. Warmer temperatures typically mean higher utility bills as your A/C system works to keep you home cool. By making a few changes now, you can keep your home cool and your electric bills low.
Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer
1. Raise your thermostat.
This seems counterintuitive but it can definitely help. Your air conditioner can only be expected to cool your home 20 degrees from the outside temperature. On the days that the outside temperature soars above 90º, a thermostat set on 70º simply causes your system to run non-stop. Turn your thermostat up, particularly during the heat of the day, to give it a much-needed break.
2. Be smart about doors and blinds.
While everyone looks forward to the beautiful sunny days of summer, that same sun is heating up your home. Keep your blinds drawn and doors shut, at least during the hottest part of the day, to keep your interior cool.
3. Make over your bedroom.
If you find yourself particularly warm overnight, take a critical look at your bedding. Flannel sheets and heavy blankets are great for winter, but can be a problem in the summer. Swap them out for lighter cotton blends and you will feel cooler at night without touching the thermostat.
4. Use fans wisely.Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise. This setting will create a breeze throughout the room. Use smaller fans strategically to keep the air moving throughout the home. As air circulates, it will spread the cooler air through the house. It will also help you feel cooler as it evaporates any moisture on your skin.
5. Cook smart.
No matter how much you are craving your mom's pot roast, avoid using the oven during the hottest days of the year. Even though the heat is enclosed within the appliance, using the oven for hours will heat up your kitchen. Instead, enjoy some cool summer salads, make strategic use of your crockpot, or grill out.
Another important tip to keep your electric bills low is to have your HVAC system serviced on a regular basis. As soon as the cooling season starts, remove all visible debris from the cooling unit and contact Helms Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., today to keep your A/C performing its best all summer long.