Summer peaks in July, which means an incoming blistering heatwave. For many residents, this entails running the air conditioner for prolonged periods. Unfortunately, this consequently leads to excess power use. However, with a few minor lifestyle changes in the home, you can drastically reduce cooling costs.
1. Invest in a Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan cools you through what is known as the wind-chill effect. The fan doesn’t actually cool the room; rather, it cools you by increasing the rate heat escapes your skin. Using a ceiling fan in tandem with an AC assists in dispersing the cool air. This allows homeowners to raise the thermostat by roughly four degrees while retaining a comparable cooling level.
2. Be Wise with Your AC Use
The closer the indoor temperature is to the outdoor air the more energy you conserve. You can slash power use by about 18% by adjusting the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, as opposed to the more common 72 degrees. The interior will be a tad warmer, but it’s still very much tolerable.
3. Maintain Cooling Systems
Replace or clean the AC filter every month. A dirty filter restricts airflow, making the unit work about 5% to 15% harder. In addition, be certain the outdoor condenser coil and indoor floor registers are clear of debris.
4. Minimize Indoor Heat Buildup
Improve indoor air quality by minimizing heat exposure. Unbeknownst to most home occupants, everyday actions can lead to heat accumulation. This includes operating the microwave, stove, and other appliances. Minimize use of these fixtures by using an outdoor cooker or drying clothes outside. You can also hold off on using those appliances until in the evening when temperatures are naturally lower.
Reduce Cooling Costs to Lower Energy Use in Graham
Another way to lower power consumption is by upgrading to a ductless heating and cooling system. WestCoast Heating & Air can install a unit for your residence or place of business. Reduce cooling costs this summer while staying nice and cool.
Reduce Cooling Costs with HVAC Upgrades in Graham
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