Summer is officially under way in Texas with 100 degree days already adding up, making it extremely important to know the tips and tricks for summer home cooling and saving money. Summer home cooling makes it hard to keep your utility costs under control, especially without proper, efficient solutions. Fortunately however, summer home cooling during the hotter months does not require too much cost or effort if you follow a few easy summer tips.
- First, prevent cool air from escaping, and heat from coming in. Seal cracks around doors and window frames and make sure the attic has sufficient insulation. Because solar energy is heavily transmitted through the roof and ceilings, an attic should have six to ten inches of insulation, and any air leaks should be sealed. Shading windows helps too, so consider awnings and solar screens as well as indoor window treatments.
- Use every part of your system, to help the air conditioning unit work more efficiently. An attic fan can help prevent hot air from building up and ceiling fans can circulate the air and keep you cool and relieve stress on your air conditioner unit. If you have a window AC unit, consider placing a fan in such a way that it helps to move cooler air throughout the house and you will be able to run your air conditioner on a lower setting. Running the bathroom fan when you shower will reduce heat and humidity, helping to keep the house cool.
- Make sure your equipment is working optimally. Replace air filters regularly, and clean ductwork at the beginning of each season. Clean outside too by clearing debris from the AC condenser and rinsing off any dirt. Make sure your dryer vent is clean because a blocked vent can force hot air back into the house and possibly cause a fire.
- Use landscaping to your advantage. Summer home cooling may involve long-range planning. Consider planting shade trees strategically at windows where the direct sunlight streams in, and over your air conditioning condenser to keep it cool so that it can work more efficiently.
- Consider an upgrade. Energy Star®-rated appliances can help you save a great deal of money, but so can something as simple as a programmable thermostat. Set it to run at a higher temperature when you are not home, and your costs will drop dramatically.
- It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity. Dampness around your house can increase your air-conditioning costs. When attempting to save money at home this summer, check out your basement or crawl space. Put down plastic sheeting as a ground-moisture barrier, and consider installing a sump pump if conditions are particularly wet.
- Plan activities wisely.Bake, do laundry, and run the dishwasher during the cooler hours of the day. This will save your air conditioning unit some work, because those large appliances can really heat up a house.
Summer home cooling does not have to be difficult. Saving money on your energy bills shouldn’t be hard either. Cirro Energy offers a wide variety of plans to help consumers across Texas save money. For more information, visit the Cirro website, or plug into the online community on Facebook and Twitter.