Top 5 ways to Chill Out this summer

  • 1. Keep the Heat Out
  • 2. Keep the Cool In
  • 3. Maintain Your Cooling System
  • 4. Be a Fan of Fans
  • 5. Look for the ENERGY STAR
  • Close the shades, blinds, and curtains, especially on the south and west sides of your home where the sun is hottest.
  • If you are upgrading your windows, consider ENERGY STAR certified windows, which are even better at preventing the heat from coming in.
  • Check attic insulation and add more if you can see the floor joists. This will help keep all that hot air in your attic from coming in your house.  We suggest you keep your cool and call a contractor.
  • The right roof can do a lot to keep the heat out. Consider ENERGY STAR certified roof products.
  • Keep your valuable air conditioned air from getting out.
  • Leaky cooling system ducts are not cool. In most homes, 25% of air leaks away before getting to the register. Tight ducts can reduce your cooling bill by 20%. A contractor can test for leaks, as well as seal and insulate them.
  • Sealing air leaks and improving your home’s insulation could save you up to $200 a year in cooling/heating costs or about 10% of your annual energy bill.
  • Have a contractor give your HVAC equipment a tune up. It’ll keep you cooler.
  • Change your air filter every three months. Dirty filters block air flow, so keep the air moving.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. If it’s hot out, set it seven degrees higher when no one’s home, and four degrees higher at bedtime. It’ll save more than $180 a year.
  • Use a ceiling fan and raise your thermostat two degrees. It’ll lower cooling costs by 14%.
  • Need a ceiling fan? The simple choice is ENERGY STAR – a certified fan with lights is 60% more efficient.
  • Bathroom vent fans should be ENERGY STAR certified. They’re great at getting rid of humid air after a shower.
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