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Keep Your Home Affordably Comfortable

Posted on: April 4, 2011

  • Take care to set your thermostat properly. Don’t overcool in summer or overheat in winter. You’d be surprised how much your air conditioning bill will climb if you lower your temperature too much in the peak cooling season. Your operating costs can spike from 3% to 8% for each degree your thermostat is lowered. When heating, your operating costs likewise increase for each degree your thermostat is raised. Try for a summer setting of 76 degrees and a winter setting of 70. You can still be comfortable and keep your energy bill out of the stratosphere, especially if you look into switching energy suppliers by looking at different energy plans available to you.
  • Be sure to clean or replace your air conditioning filters frequently. You might need to do it more than twice a year, if you have dogs and cats. Keeping your filter clean is one of the easiest ways to ensure truly efficient operation of your home cooling system. If you find that your cooling system is not operating optimally, you might want to consider contacting a company to repair the unit so that your home’s prepared for the Summer months.
  • Keep your house as leak-free as possible. Of course, you’ll want to keep doors and windows closed. But, you can stay both comfortable and cost efficient by retaining your conditioned air by adding insulation to the attic and sealing cracks around windows and doors. Keeping drapery closed will help maintain temperatures as well. If you find that there is an issue with your windows and doors, then you need to make sure that that is fixed as soon as possible.
  • Don’t let plants and other obstructions block your condenser. Make sure you’ve got a lot of air-flow around the unit. It’s best to keep all that vegetation a good 18 inches away from the air conditioner. And, don’t put any kind of shed or building over your unit. Keep the evaporator (indoor coil) unobstructed. Make sure the evaporator is not blocked to insure proper airflow across the coil. (This may require a professional service technician to clean the coil). Coils should be cleaned in order to preserve the efficiency of the unit.