High temperatures only mean one thing to many homeowners: higher bills. Many people view higher energy bills during the summer as a fact of life. However, there are ways to stay cool this summer without increasing your energy bills.
- Use Ceiling Fans
By merely raising your thermostat two or three degrees and using a ceiling fan instead, you can save a substantial amount of money. Ceiling fans do not change the actual temperature, but they do increase the rate at which liquids evaporate, including perspiration from human skin. This can reduce the apparent temperature by several degrees. Since the effects are only perceptive, turning fans off when you leave the room will save energy and money without increasing the temperature.
- Check and Replace Air Filters
A dirty air filter obstructs the air conditioning system, requiring the air conditioner to consume more energy to circulate air throughout your home and reducing its overall effect. Lowering your thermostat to adjust for the reduced efficiency will further increase your costs. Regularly changing your air filters is a simple way to increase the efficiency and lifespan of your air conditioner.
- Keep Shades Closed
One of the best ways to reduce your energy bill is to simply cover up your windows. When the sun shines through your window, the house can heat up quite a bit. Instead of turning down your thermostat, just cover your windows with blinds or curtains.
- Turn Off Appliances When Not In Use
If you leave for vacation, turn off any light that isn’t necessary for security purposes. Avoid using unnecessary energy by turning off computers, televisions, and other electronics that aren’t being used. If you can avoid using your stove and oven on a frequent basis, do so.
If you are interested in saving even more money by switching your Cincinnati home to a geothermal heating and cooling system, call Rusk Heating, Cooling and Geothermal at (859) 431-4040.