The summer sunshine is giving us all our daily dose of Vitamin D, but what it’s also giving us is higher electric bills. It’s only natural that as it gets warmer outside, homeowners seek to cool them homes by lowering the A/C temperature.
Heating and cooling bills can fly through the roof, depending on the way that they are used in the home. Below, you’re going to find 5 tips that are going to help you keep your bill low during the summer.
Heating And Cooling Bills
Some easy ways can be implemented when it comes to controlling the cost of your heating and cooling bills. By following these steps, you’re going to be able to enjoy the warm weather while staying cool without costing yourself too much money.
1. Adjust The Thermostat
You should adjust your thermostat whenever you plan to leave your house or are going to sleep. This will help you to save an average of 10% on your bill. For instance, in the winter months, opt for some warm pajamas and an extra blanket or two.
Then when you’re ready to go to bed, lower your thermostat. During the summer, if you plan to leave your home, raise or turn off your thermostat until you get back. For those that have an adjustable thermostat, you can set it, so the house begins to cool down before you make it back home.
2. Check Your Windows
If your windows aren’t sealed properly, they can be the reason your home has issues with heating and cooling. Ensure that you have curtains that reduce the loss of heat.
During the warmer months, keep the curtains closed to keep the house cool and during the winter months open the curtains so that the heat from outside can make its way inside and keep the house warm.
3. Block The Fireplace
If you have a fireplace, you should always block the flu because if it is open, it will allow the hot and cool air inside to escape out of the house. If this isn’t possible, we recommend using glass doors to seal your fireplace or using a chimney balloon.
4. Turn On The Fan
Ensure that your ceiling fans are turning in a counterclockwise rotation during the summer months to push the cooler air down throughout the house. The use of ceiling fans can help to decrease the internal temperature of your home by at least 6 degrees.
5. Replace The Air Filter
When your air filter is dirty and hasn’t been replaced, it can force your HVAC system to work harder to heat or cool your home increasing your bill. Your air filter should be changed at least every 3 months to ensure that the system isn’t using more energy than necessary.
The Cool Down
Heating and cooling bills can put a dent in your summer vacation, but not if you use the 5 tips that we provided above. You’ll be able to enjoy the weather without worrying about your bill taking a hit.
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