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Three Ways to Shrink Cooling Costs This Summer

Stay Comfortable While Saving Money

Summer is here again, and the temperatures are rising. In Louisiana, this means dealing with heat and humidity. The air conditioner takes the brunt of the work for many homeowners, running almost constantly to keep the home cool. And while this is what the air conditioner is for, it doesn’t mean homeowners have to pay huge electric bills. There are three simple ways homeowners can shrink their cooling costs this summer without sacrificing comfort! Read on to find out what they are. 

Try A Programmable or Smart Thermostat

smart thermostatThose homeowners who haven’t upgraded their thermostat in a while can easily slash their cooling bills. Two primary choices can help the air conditioner operate efficiently: programmable thermostats and smart thermostats. With a programmable thermostat, homeowners can program the thermostat to reach certain temperatures during different days of the week and at different hours of the day. This way, the air conditioner isn’t left running accidentally and doesn’t cool the house when no one is home. 

Smart thermostats are a step up. They are programmable, too, but they actually “learn” from the habits of the household. The more the smart thermostat learns, the more efficiently it can operate. This can save money on the electric bill without sacrificing comfort in the home. Both smart and programmable thermostats are fairly cheap, making them excellent investments for the home. 

Seal Windows and Doors With Weather Stripping

Once the thermostat is upgraded, it’s best to turn to areas where cool air may leak out of the house. This means ensuring that the windows and doors are all properly sealed. Luckily, this is easy to do with weather stripping. There are all kinds of weather-stripping materials. Foam tape and felt are both good options. But there are also materials like rubber, vinyl, and silicone. All these should be available at the local hardware store. 

Weather-stripping works all year round, not just in the summer. By sealing the house from the great outdoors, homeowners can rest easy knowing that they aren’t wasting energy keeping the house comfortable. And they can see the difference in their electric bill!

Use Fans and Give the AC a Break

fanWhile the air conditioner does most of the heavy lifting during the summer, it also takes the most electricity to power. By limiting when the air conditioner is used on full blast, homeowners can optimize their cooling schedule. This is one thing that a modern thermostat helps with. But it also comes down to the homeowner setting the temperature higher when there’s no one at home. This saves energy and reduces cooling costs. 

Fans are also a big help during the summer. Ceiling fans should be set to run counterclockwise to create a downdraft. This helps the room feel cooler, allowing homeowners to feel comfortable even at slightly higher temperatures. Don’t have ceiling fans? Pedestal and desk fans can provide similar results! 

About Albers Air Conditioning

Albers Air Conditioning has served Mandeville, LA, for over 30 years. They are fully licensed and insured and always provide honest pricing. They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every job. Contact them today for help lowering cooling costs in Mandeville, LA or to get help with AC service!