Air conditioning is a great way to keep your home comfortable during the hot summer months, but it can bump up the electric bill. You can keep your home cool without burning your energy budget. Let’s take a look at some ways to keep your home cool this summer.

  1. Energy efficient doors and windows – These, combined with proper insulation, is the first line of defense in helping keep your home cool. Have a contractor check out your home to see if some upgrades are needed.
  2. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees – This is the recommended temperature for the best comfort and maximum efficiency. You lose 3% for every degree you lower the temperature below 78.
  3. Clean filters – Check the filter in your air conditioner during the summer, whether it is central air or a room unit. Replace the filter if it is dirty. Filters trap dust and dirt and keep the air in your home clean. A clean filter improves efficiency.
  4. Use a fan – Ceiling or desk mounted fans circulate air and helps you feel cooler. Use these instead of the air conditioner when you can.
  5. Close the windows – Keep doors and windows closed during the heat of the day.
  6. Avoid the stove – Use a microwave or cook on an outdoor grill and avoid using the stove and clothes dryer on hot days.
  7. Ventilate – When it cools down at night or on cooler days. Open multiple windows to cross-ventilate.
  8. Shade – Consider installing awnings over windows and close window shades or curtains during the day. Plant trees near your home that will provide shade from the sun.
  9. Programmable thermostat – Install a digital programmable thermostat that allows you to control the temperature according to your schedule. You can keep the temperature higher when you are not at home and have the air conditioner ramp up just before you return.
  10. Turn off lights– Don’t leave lights on unnecessarily. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights that are cooler, much more efficient and can last up to 40 times longer.
  11. Insulation – The walls, attic and basement of your home should have proper insulation to keep the it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. A properly insulated home greatly improvs efficiency and saves money on your utility bill.

Following these tips should help you keep cool this summer!