Staying cool can be expensive, we all know that. But quite frankly, it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways you can cut cooling costs by making a few simple changes around your home. While there are lots of things you might already be doing, like cleaning your air filter regularly, there are others, like changing your light bulbs, that may not be so intuitive.
1. Switch out your old light bulbs. Why? Traditional incandescent bulbs give off lots of heat which in turn, makes your home feel much warmer than it needs to. Replacing them with CFLs or LEDs, which give off virtually no heat, will give your home’s cooling system a much-needed rest.
2. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Why? If you’re still walking over to change the temperature manually, you’re wasting lots of time and energy. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature for various times of the day or week so you don’t have to remember to change it by hand later on.
3. Find and fix leaky ducts. Why? If cool air is escaping through cracks or gaps in the ducts, it’s not making it to the areas of your home that need it most. You can use aluminum foil tape as a temporary solution, but we highly recommend having them fixed or replaced by an expert.
4. Utilize blinds or shades during the day. Why? The sun’s penetrating rays can heat your home 10 – 20 degrees in as little as eight hours. Keep the blinds closed during the day and you’ll come home to a much cooler house.
5. Use nature to your advantage. Why? Not only is it vital to shade the inside of your home using blinds, it’s also important to keep the outside areas shaded as well. Use leafy trees and bushes to block direct sunlight from beating down on the roof and windows.
We are experienced at handling air conditioning systems, so you can rest assured that we can fix nearly any problem. In fact, our repairs are 100% guaranteed, which should give you some peace of mind. Call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling should your air conditioning system fail you this season.