These simple steps will have you singing a new tune as you increase the comfort level of your home and keep your bills down all summer long.
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- Temperature Settings – Program or set your thermostat to 78° or higher for when you aren’t home and overnight. Reduce your water heater to the recommended setting of 120°.
- Fans – Use fans to circulate air within a room to make you feel cooler. This will allow you to raise your thermostat setting four degrees without noticing the difference.
- Filters – Clean or replace A/C filters regularly to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC unit.
- Air Leaks – Check for weather-stripping or caulk around windows and doors to ensure you aren’t losing that cool inside air.
- Windows – Close blinds and drapes on windows that get a lot of direct sunlight during the day to block out the sun’s heat.
- Cooking – Avoid using the oven or stove during the hottest part of the day. Consider grilling or using the microwave instead to prevent extra heat in your home.
- Insulation – Check if your attic and walls have proper insulation to keep warm air from coming in.
- Cleaning – Save chores that create heat and humidity, such as running the dishwasher, for early morning or after dark when it’s cooler. Consider skipping the dryer because summer is a great time to line dry clothes.
- Air Conditioning Unit – Keep the outside part of your air conditioning unit clean and free of debris and grass clippings.
- Trees – Plant or maintain leafy shade trees on the west and east sides of your home to create a natural sun shade.
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