With the hot summer temperatures in full swing across Central Kentucky, you may be struggling to balance both comfort and financial peace of mind when it comes to your cooling system. Severe summer heat will inevitably cause a bump in your cooling bill, but with these 6 tips you can keep your system running efficiently and keep your cooling bill low this summer.
Set Your Thermostat
Controlling your cooling system’s thermostat is one of the easiest ways to control your cooling bills. As the temperatures rise outside, it may be tempting to set your thermostat to a low temperature for the entire day to ensure your house stays cool. Conversely, you may attempt to limit your energy bills by turning your cooling system off before you leave for the day, and cranking it back up as soon as you arrive home. However, both of these options create issues for you and your cooling system. It is harder on your system to adjust to quick changes in temperature, and it is harder on your energy bills to keep your system continuously running as low as possible.
The best option for both you and your budget is to set and raise your thermostat. The Department of Energy states that setting your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day can help you save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bill. Delegating when you need your home to reach a certain temperature ahead of time, also allows your cooling system to gradually increase and decrease, rather than rush to meet sporadic spikes.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Before you resort to lowering your thermostat, try utilizing the ceiling fans in your home to redistribute the warm air. Any warm air in your home with naturally rise to the ceiling of your home, but with an abundance of warm air, rely on your ceiling fans to help the circulation. By setting your ceiling fans to spin counterclockwise, you will continue to push warm air back toward your ceiling and keep air moving through your home.
Close Your Blinds
Take note of the areas in your home that receive direct sunlight. If these rooms or areas are receiving an excessive amount of light during the mornings or afternoons, they will naturally feel warmer than other areas. To reduce the additional heat in these spaces, consider closing your window blinds during the day.
Check The Seals Around Your Home
If you feel that your home is still too warm or your cooling bills are too high, you may also want to check the seals around your home. Proper seals around your windows, doors, and other areas help protect the efficiency of your cooling system. Cracks around these areas during the summer, will allow your conditioned air to escape and additional humidity to enter, causing your system to work harder to achieve the same goal.
Have Your Cooling System Checked
Your cooling system should be checked regularly to ensure that your system is performing properly. Regular checks of your cooling system can catch any small issues before they become large problems, but can also ensure it is running as efficiently as possible. With a healthy and efficient cooling system, your cooling bills should stay in an appropriate range during the summer months.