The summer months are here. That means the temperatures will be rising, and your AC might be running for hours. Cooling your home during the summer can be very expensive. Here are a few ways to reduce cooling costs this summer.

Close Curtains or Blinds to Reduce Cooling Costs

Curtains block out sunlight which reduces heat buildup in your house, so close them during the day. If the temperature outside drops at night in your region, open the windows to let the cool air inside.

Install Window Film on Windows

Window film reduces the amount of sunlight entering through windows which creates less heat within the house. This film will also cut down on the amount of glare in your home so that you can enjoy the view from your windows.

Replace or Clean Filters Regularly

Cleaning or replacing AC filters is an easy way to improve airflow in your home. Dirty filters can cause your AC unit to work harder than it needs to, leading to higher energy bills and even damage over time. Change your filter as frequently as the manufacturer recommends, or more often if you have pets.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can help reduce cooling costs by regulating the temperature of your home throughout the day. You can program the thermostat to raise the temperature when no one is home.

Shut off Electronics When Not in Use

Electronics like your computer, TV, and gaming systems generate heat in the home. If you know that a particular device will be left unattended for an extended period, unplug it so that it isn’t drawing power and emitting heat, which can reduce cooling costs.

Seal Air Leaks to Reduce Cooling Costs

Air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings let cool, conditioned air leak out of the home and warm air from outside in. Check for any openings and fill them up using caulk sealant or weatherstripping foam.

Use Fans to Reduce Cooling Costs

Installing a fan will help circulate the air in your home. On cooler nights, place a fan near an open window to pull cooler air into the room. Use the fans strategically in rooms where you’re most often spending time.

Add Insulation in Your Attic

Adding insulation helps keep hot air from entering the home and keeps cool air inside.

Schedule a Home Inspection

A professional home inspection can help identify contributing factors to higher cooling costs, like a malfunctioning AC and gaps around windows. In addition, professionals can inspect your AC system and recommend repairs or changes to the system as needed.

Cooling your home during the summer can be very expensive. However, you can apply the above tips to reduce cooling costs. They will help keep you cooler while saving money at the same time. You should also consult a certified home inspector to verify that your cooling system is working correctly and that your home is well-sealed.

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