Global warming isn’t just heating up the planet, it is also causing the seasons to stretch further and further past their average expiration dates. This is why the summer is taking so long to cool down. For this extended summer and the next one, it is important to think about ways that you can moderate your cooling costs. In the summertime, one of the biggest energy expenders in the home is often the air conditioner, which is pumping out a lot of cool air to keep the climate in your home controlled and comfortable. The only problem with this is that it can be incredibly expensive. Here are four summertime home cooling cost reduction tips.
- Trap the cool night air. One of the best ways to reduce your dependency on your air conditioner and to cut cooling costs is to find ways to naturally cool your home. One of the best ways to naturally cool your home is by leaving all of your windows open at night – when the air becomes crisp and the wind is chilled. In the morning – before the sun comes up – you want to close all the windows and trap that air inside your home. By drawing some of the blinds, you can effectively keep that cool air inside for multiple hours until you start feeling uncomfortable.
- Don’t bake. In the summertime – on those particularly hot days – you may want to refrain from using your oven. Any kind of excess heat can drive up the temperatures inside your home and force you to blast your air conditioner. This is especially the case if your home has an open floor plan and warms up quite easily. If you have a hankering for cookies or baked goods, you may want to leave the house and visit a bakery.
- Spend time outside. Speaking of leaving the house – one of the best ways to cut your cooling costs is to leave your home completely during the warmest part of the day. In the summertime, you may be on vacation from work, so you may then want to spend time at a cool movie theater or you can think about getting your shopping done at an air conditioned mall. Whatever the case is, you want to spend time away from your home – it will reduce the temptation to blast the air conditioner.
- Upgrade your AC. There are many benefits of upgrading your AC, especially if your old system is on the fritz or is past the ten-year mark in age. One benefit of upgrading your AC system is that newer air conditioners can do a better job at regulating temperatures. Another benefit is that they are more intuitive and easier to use, so you don’t need to worry about complicated troubleshooting or maintenance. However, the biggest benefit of upgrading your AC is that new systems are more efficient and can help save you a tremendous amount of money when it comes to home cooling costs. In the end, you could even take the cost reduction further with a programmable thermostat.
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