How to Lower Cooling Costs Without Sacrificing Comfort
Friday, May 16, 2014
As summer begins, many Texas homeowners wonder how they can keep their cooling costs affordable without resigning themselves to living in sweltering heat. At Brown & Sons Plumbing, we have helped numerous homeowners discover solutions that don’t involve giving up their home comfort. Homeowners who want to know how to lower cooling costs should start by trying the following tips.
Get Creative About Home Cooling
Running the air conditioner throughout the day isn’t the only way to cool a home. Ceiling fans move hot air around, while window shades reduce the amount of heat entering the house. A dehumidifier can lower the perceived temperature. Planting shade trees can also make a significant difference. Finally, at times such as night, when most of the house is not in use, utilizing fans and window units instead of central air conditioning can be effective.
Of course, many homeowners are mainly concerned with how to lower cooling costs when using the main air conditioning unit. First, homeowners should install a programmable thermostat to keep the air conditioner from running when the house is unoccupied. Cooling the house for about half an hour before occupants arrive is more affordable than cooling it all day long. Second, homeowners should make sure the air conditioning unit is in top shape.
Keep Up With Maintenance and Repairs
Air conditioning can be a significant energy drain when a unit is running efficiently. When a unit needs repairs or new parts, it will cost even more to run. Common problems to watch for include:
- The filter needs to be replaced.
- The coils have become dirty.
- The unit or registers are blocked.
- The ductwork is obstructed or dirty.
Many of these tasks are easy and affordable for homeowners to handle on their own.
Recognize When There Is a Larger Problem
If none of these problems are present but an air conditioning system is working less effectively or generating higher bills, we recommend homeowners schedule an inspection to learn whether they need Denton AC repair. At Brown & Sons Plumbing, we can take care of any necessary work and provide additional advice on how to lower cooling costs. Homeowners are welcome to call us at 940-304-6856 to learn more or set up an appointment.