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5 Ways to Chill Out This Summer

 In Air Conditioning, HVAC, HVAC Service, Info, Tips

Looking to keep your utility costs in check this summer without sacrificing comfort? Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool all season long.

1. Keep the Heat Out

  • Improve insulation between your attic and roof, if needed.
  • If you are upgrading your windows, consider ENERGY STAR-certified windows.
  • Use your window coverings, add new ones, or adjust blinds to keep the sun out.

2. Keep the Cool In

  • Seal and insulate the HVAC system ducts in your attic.
  • Find air leaks around your house and seal them with spray foam, caulk, and weather-stripping. Sealing and insulating your home can reduce your annual energy usage for lower utility bills.

3. Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

4. Be a Fan of Fans

  • Use an ENERGY STAR-certified ceiling fan and raise your thermostat two degrees. It’ll lower cooling costs by 15%.
  • Use an ENERGY STAR-certified vent fan after a shower to reduce humidity.

5. Look for the ENERGY STAR

  • If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR could cut your cooling costs by up to 30%.

Excerpted from EnergyStar.gov.
Learn more at www.energystar.gov/cooling.

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