High cooling costs can be a strain on anyone’s budget, but there are several ways you can make your Long Island home more efficient to cool and reduce your energy costs. Here are some of the easiest ways to reduce cooling costs:
- Upgrade your air conditioner. Even if your system is just a few years old, it is likely that one of today’s energy-efficient models, such as those that are Energy Star-qualified, will drastically reduce your utility costs and keep you more comfortable. If replacing your system is not possible, keep it running as efficiently as possible by having it serviced regularly.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Setting the thermostat to increase the temperature while you’re away from home or sleeping can reduce your cooling costs by over 10 percent.
- Seal and insulate your home. Add more insulation in the attic to obtain an R-60 rating and add more to your walls, if possible. Seal cracks and other openings in your exterior walls and upgrade the weatherstripping on your windows and doors to prevent warm air from leaking in or cold air from escaping.
- Seal and insulate your air ducts. Leaky ducts can waste up to 30 percent of the energy you use for cooling. Have the joints between ducts sealed with mastic or metal tape, then insulate the air ducts.
- Use fans to improve air circulation. Ceiling fans and portable fans can allow you to keep your home about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing your comfort.
- Avoid cooking, washing clothes or using any other appliances that produce heat during the daytime.
- Turn on the exhaust fans in the bathroom when bathing and the kitchen when cooking to reduce humidity and heat accumulation.
- Install energy-efficient window treatments that block solar heat gain, or close your curtains or blinds during the day to block out the heat of the sun. Open them during the evening to allow your home to cool naturally.
For more ways to reduce your cooling costs, talk to our air conditioning experts at Cool Power, LLC. We have been proudly serving the Long Island area since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing cooling costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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