Keeping cooling costs manageable and living comfortably shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. In northwest Ohio, many homeowners have found ways to lower the operating costs of their AC and still maintain a cool, comfy home. By making a few affordable and simple changes, you can afford to ‘chill out’ without breaking the bank.
Tips for Keeping Cool
Much of your home’s AC budget goes right out the window, literally. Windows and doors that aren’t properly insulated are among the biggest energy-wasters in your home. When you replace the old seal around your door frame, and replace window treatments with heavy blinds or insulating drapes, you can save as much as 12 percent on your next electric bill. This works to keep heating costs down as well.
You probably don’t realize just how much heat is thrown off by your electronics. Shut off your TV, DVD and DVR systems, as well as your desktop computer, when not in use. Not only do these systems emit heat, but they also use energy when on but not in use.
For most homeowners in and around greater Toledo, summertime is barbecue time. Why not fire up the grill instead of your oven? Using your oven increases the temperature inside your home, making your AC work that much harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. So move your kitchen outdoors and keep your cool.
Your home cooling system has a fan that circulates the cool air, but you can help even more by running ceiling fans and adding box fans into the mix. Make sure your AC vents are open in the rooms you use, and not blocked by furniture. Place portable fans near outlet vents in an effort to help circulate the cool air.
Programmable thermostats are a small investment that pay for themselves in a few months’ time. By programming your thermostat to a slightly higher temperature while you’re away, or in the wee hours when you’re asleep, you can save as much as 20 percent on your utilities.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
Finally, make sure your AC system is working as efficiently as it should. Schedule an inspection of your cooling system and seasonal air conditioner maintenance. Something as simple as replacing a filter or hose can make a substantial difference in the way your AC operates.
AC Repair, Replacement & Maintenance in Toledo, Findlay & Perrysburg
Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating offers precision tune-ups for your home’s heating and cooling systems. Your tune-up not only ensures your cooling system will operate at peak performance, but helps avoid costly AC repairs as we inspect all the components of your air conditioner. Contact Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating today to learn more about energy saving tips for your heating and cooling system.