If you’ve found yourself thinking that this summer feels hotter than last summer, you’re absolutely right. Modern record keeping began in 1880, and this July marked the warmest month since those records started. It’s not just the summer either – every month since October 2015 has set a new high for heat. With the warmer temperatures extending into the fall, here are some tips for keeping cool and saving some dough.
1. Shut Vents
If you’re spending the evening in the family room, there’s no need to cool the office or basement. By shutting the vents in empty rooms, you’re forcing the air to where you are, making it cooler faster. This will allow you to turn the thermostat up a few degrees, saving you energy.
Before the winter hits, get yourself and your family outside as much as possible. Plug your electronics into a power strip and turn the power strip off while you’re enjoying the sun. You can also completely unplug by taking electronics out of the outlet when they’re not in use.
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3. Add Insulation
Roofing materials absorb heat from the sun and without proper insulation, this heat travels into the attic and then into your home. As the heat in your home rises, the AC is cranked and your electric bills go up. Adding attic insulation helps reduce this heat transfer by up to 25%, keeping your home at a more comfortable temperature. Power’s Solar Eclipse insulation reflects the sun’s heat off the roof, preventing the heat transfer and helping you maintain a more balanced temperature in the attic and in your home.
4. Maintain your AC Unit
It’s one thing to have an AC unit – it’s another to have the correct AC unit and use it effectively. Having your AC unit inspected regularly ensures it’s running as efficiently as possible. It’s often not easy to tell if it’s leaking or not registering the temperature correctly, causing you to run up your electric bill without getting any real relief from the heat. The unit size and position, and frequency of use, also contribute to an efficient AC system. Have a professional come out to take a look, and remember to replace your filters often for proper airflow.
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