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Summer Coolers

Summer Coolers

 

          Summer and summer weather appears to be off to a fast start for our area.   Saving dollars on home cooling costs are thoughts usually reserved for July and August.  Whatever the month, keep your cool and dollars by –

          - Using ceiling fans.  Moving air is cooler air and when used in conjunction with an air conditioner, ceiling fans can lower the air temperature quicker than air conditioners alone.

          - Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.

          - Provide shade for your air conditioner condenser.  On window air conditioners, this is part of the same unit and not a stand alone unit as is the case for whole house air conditioners.  With shade, the condenser can do its job more efficiently and potentially save you 2-3 percent of cooling costs.

          - Remember the importance of awnings and trees to shade your home and windows from the sun - another potential savings of up to 8 percent of cooling costs.

          - For whole house air conditioning units, move lamps and/or TV sets away from the air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

          - Keep in mind that insulation and sealing air leaks will help with energy performance in the summertime by keeping cool air inside just as it does in the wintertime by keeping cold air outside.

          - If you’re not using it, turn it off.  Any item that gives off heat, from computers to lamps, adds to the upward bound temperature in your home.  Turning off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use can save a potential of 5% on your utility bill.

         

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