The following list will help you keep your electric bills a little more manageable:
- During the day, close drapes, curtains, and blinds on your house. If you can eliminate a little sunshine entering your home, it will help keep your house a bit cooler.
- Install awnings on the windows on the sunny side of your house.
- Caulk up air leaks around your house. Look for leaks around windows, and places where utilities come into your home (plumbing, electricity, dryer vents). Weatherstrip around drafty windows and doors.
- The darker the color of your house, the more heat it will absorb, so if you’re building, buying, or considering repainting, choose lighter colors for the exterior.
- Make sure your attic is properly ventilated. Vents in the eaves allows cooler air to enter. A ridge vent or an attic fan can significantly reduce your cooling costs.
- Any heat that’s generated inside your home has to be removed by your cooling system, so try to avoid baking and grill outside instead. Keep lights off in rooms that you aren’t using. Use the air dry setting on your dishwasher. Keep basement doors shut as to not let cool air fall to the basement, a level of the house you may not be using. Leave computers off when not in use, and anything else that generates heat.
- Make sure the cooled air coming from your air conditioning vents is not obstructed by furniture.
Stay cool this summer, and make sure to call the professionals at Metro Heating & Cooling for all your cooling needs!