5 Unexpected Ways to Save On Cooling Costs
Cooling costs can be a nuisance, especially in the warm Summer months when you tend to use your air conditioning more often to maintain a reasonable room temperature.
The good news is that saving money on your cooling costs can be much easier than you think if you keep in mind a few simple tips. Let's go over some unexpected ways you can save on your cooling costs in the Summer, and year round.
The Benefit of Trees and Plants
One of the most unusual, yet most effective ways to save on cooling costs is to plant leafy trees and plants around your home or office. The reason this is so effective is that the plants will block out the sun and keep it from reaching into your building.
Most heat that accumulates indoors is the results of sunlight and the greenhouse effect, making this a great way to reduce the temperature naturally. It should also be mentioned that while purchasing these trees does carry upfront costs, it is an investment that will pay for itself in time.
Another great way to minimize the greenhouse effect which forces you to pay more in cooling costs is to have solar screens installed on your windows. These are very similar to normal window screens but are designed to also keep out up to 70% of the sun's solar energy. They are particularly effective when used on east or west facing windows.
This may seem like a no-brainer but many people over look the fact that they can save between 5% and 15% on their cooling costs simply by raising the thermostat up to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when they are not home. It can also be done at night if you're comfortable sleeping at that temperature.
Spend Time in Your Basement
Heat rises and this is particularly true of an enclosed environment such as your home. Lower levels, such as the basement, will be naturally cooler, giving you some relief from the heat without having to use your air conditioner. It should be mentioned that you shouldn't open the windows of your basement when it is very humid outside as it can increase the humidity inside your basement as well.
Replace or Maintenance your Air Conditioning Unit
The efficiency of your air conditioning unit is extremely important when it comes to making your cooling cost efficient. If you haven't had your air conditioning unit maintained in a while, let us know and we'll come take a look to see how it is doing.
Get expert service and advice for your Vancouver home from Lambert Home Comfort at 604-734-0890!