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Get More for Less: Home Cooling Hacks for Summer 2018

Posted: June 18, 2018

Couple checking air conditioner

Upgrading to a new high-efficiency air conditioner can be a smart move – especially if your current cooling system has a decade of summers behind it. But you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get better performance from your A/C.

Here are eight ways to get more cooling bang for less buck this summer:

  1. Clean or replace air filters – As we discussed in a recent blog, a blocked air filter can reduce cooling system efficiency by up to 20 percent. Check filters monthly, replacing or cleaning as needed.
  2. Use your programmable thermostatRaising the temperature by a few degrees at night and when you’re not home could save you 10 percent on your energy bill while reducing wear and tear on your equipment.
  3. Supplement your A/C with fans – Blowing air cools the skin, making you feel comfortable at higher temperatures. With the help of ceiling fans, you can set your thermostat 3-4 degrees warmer without any loss of comfort.
  4. Minimize solar gain – Invest in window treatments that block solar light and heat to reduce your home’s cooling load.
  5. Use vents wisely – Why pay to cool a room you aren’t using? Close vents in unused rooms and keep registers free of obstructions. Consider duct sealing, too: a recent study showed that professional sealing could save you up to 15 percent or more on your monthly HVAC bills.
  6. Generate less heat – Use your propane grill rather than your stove or oven and hang clothes outdoors to reduce your cooling load and bills.
  7. Get a tune-up – An air conditioner will lose about five percent efficiency each year without routine professional maintenance – meaning that a cooling system tune-up will virtually pay for itself in a single cooling season (while also extending the life of your equipment and keeping it running reliably).
  8. Consider an upgrade – Today’s central and ductless mini-split air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than your 10-year-old unit. With that kind of performance, an investment in a new A/C can pay for itself in just a few years while delivering more reliable comfort along the way.

Stay cool and spend smart this summer! And if you’re ready to explore options for a new home cooling system, contact us today for a FREE, no obligation estimate.