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Summer Tips For Cost Effective Household Cooling

An ideal energy efficient home is one that reduces its operating costs, without taking away any of the enjoyment that comes from living there. Being energy/cost efficient shouldn’t negatively impact the lifestyle of those who reside there. With the coming of summer a greater emphasis has to be placed on keeping a home cool – with air conditioning traditionally being one of the most expensive annual bottom line elements. The following suggestions should help to rein in energy costs, without affecting lifestyle quality.

Ceiling Fan: Did you know that the direction your ceiling fan spins has to change from season to season? In the summer switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction. This will draw the hot air up toward the ceiling and away from you. In the winter switch the fan into a clockwise rotation to form the warm air down to where you want it.

Air Conditioning: If your home is equipped with air conditioning ensure that all exterior doors and windows are tightly closed when the AC is operating. If your system has to work harder to try and cool the entire out of doors, your efficiency will drop and your energy costs will climb – in direct proportion.

Keep It Clean: Speaking of air conditioning, the system used in your home will be equipped with a filter – but when was the last time you replaced that filter? If you cannot remember, then it’s definitely the time. A clean filter will allow the air conditioning to operate more efficiently and effectively, and will save wear and tear on the system itself.

Block The Sun: While you may be a lover of the summer sun, that golden glow is costing you money. The simplest way to prevent the long days of summer from affecting your cooling bills is to use whatever means you have to block out that solar glare. To prevent your home from being over heated by the sun use shades, window blinds, closed drapes or other interior systems to keep the sunlight from beaming in. On the exterior of the home awnings or strategically placed trees and shrubberies can also be used to cast some cooling shade on the home.

Insulation: Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help you save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls – check with your local building supply company, such as Lan Mar Contracting for further details.

The summer is a great season, but it doesn’t have to be one that drains your bank account. A little planning can go a long way toward keeping your cool and solvent, all at the same time.

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