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Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency This Summer

By James McArthur

We’re entering the warmest part of the summer here in the United States and many of us facing a difficult decision: We can stay cool and dry in our homes by paying high electricity bills due to the cost of running our air conditioners all day long or we can skip the air conditioner and be warm and miserable.

Don’t fret, there are some steps you can take to keep your house cool while still saving cash. If you’re having a hard time paying your electric bill this summer then don’t worry because here are a few easy ways you can help your air conditioner work less in the heat of the summer.

Put Up Light-Blocking Blinds on You Windows: Sunlight pouring in through your windows can heat your house like an oven. Blocking out that light during the warmest part of the day can make a dramatic difference in cooling. You’ll be amazed at how much cooler your house can be with the well thought-out placement of a few light-blocking blinds over your sunniest windows. You’ll want to use a full light-blocking shade. You can keep your regular decorative shades in place, just be sure to also use light blocking shades on the same window or doorway.

Inspect your Air Conditioner Filters: Both window air conditioners and central air conditioners need to have their air filters regularly cleaned. If your air filter is really dirty it could actually cause your AC blower to overheat which could end up being costly to fix. A blocked air filter can prevent air from being blown efficiently by your air conditioner. You’ll want to check your air filters once every other month and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and replacing your air filters on a regular schedule. This is definitely one of the single most important central AC maintenance tips and it explain why your http://>AC won’t turn on.

Seal and Insulate: One way to keep your home cool is to make sure you’re not losing any cool air from your air conditioner where you shouldn’t be. You can inspect all your windows and doors searching for gaps where cold air could slip out. If you have window AC units you may want to make sure they are fastened securely and have no gaps around the mounting hardware. If you have a central air conditioner then you should inspect as much of the aluminum vent system as you can. Use aluminum foil tape to seal up any pin holes or gaps that may be letting out cold air. You may also want to seal off the air duct registers and close the doors in rooms you don’t use so that your AC doesn’t have to try to cool those rooms too.

Utilizing these energy saving tips together can really help you save money on your energy bills and keep you comfortable during the summer. These are just some of the many home air cooling methods you can use to stay comfortable inside during the hottest days of the summer months. And remember, even switching the direction of your ceiling fan can make a huge cooling difference in your home. Any one of these energy saving methods will help keep your home interior cool and help your AC keep running well all summer long.

The tips above are just some of the many green home improvement projects you can implement around your house with a few simple tools.

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McArthur, James "Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency This Summer." Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency This Summer. 3 Apr. 2010. 9 Aug 2014 <>.

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