Using your air conditioner to cool your Fayetteville, Georgia, home is the most effective way to beat the summer heat. However, it can cause your utility bills to skyrocket. There is no need to sacrifice comfort to keep your energy costs low if you know how to take energy-efficient measures to enhance the cooling effects of your HVAC system. Discover these four ways to boost your air-conditioner’s cooling during summer.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are not only a great alternative to air-conditioning, they can also be used in conjunction with your HVAC system to produce better cooling results. They can help distribute cool air and improve air circulation, creating a more comfortable and healthier environment in your home. For maximum cooling, make sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise during summer.
Check for Drafts
Cool air can escape to the outdoors through holes, cracks, and joints around your doors and windows. This causes your indoor space to feel warmer and increases your energy costs. You can prevent drafts by applying foam sealant, weather-stripping, or caulking to your doors and windows. Do not forget to draft-proof your doggy door.
Increasing insulation around your home is another effective way to keep cool air indoors. Make sure your walls and attic are well-insulated, and replace your existing windows with double-paned ones if you can. Also, consider using paper or recycled denim to insulate your home.
Close the Curtains
Closed curtains help to deflect sunlight and maintain a cool temperature in your home. As much as possible, try to keep your curtains closed when the sun is shining. For more energy savings, invest in heavy drapes.
Besides keeping your home comfortable and your energy bills low, these energy-efficient methods can also reduce strain on your HVAC system, resulting in lower repair costs and a longer lifespan. If you need advice on how to further reduce your cooling costs, contact Trinity Air Heating & Air Conditioning at (770) 285-1990.
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