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Monday, May 14th, 2012

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    10 Ways To Cut Your AC Cooling Costs This Summertime
    When you're shopping for a central air conditioning system, ensure the SEER number seasonal energy efficiency ratio is 13 or better (14 in warmer environments).A less effective system can cost you even more to run. Look for an EER(energy efficiency ratio of 11 or greater for room air conditioners. A high efficiency unit costs more, but if you inhabit a hot environment, it will definitely pay for itself in a few years by lowering electricity bills. Execute routine repairs and maintenance on your central air conditioning unit and replace the filter once a month during the cooling season and have a qualified person service your system at the beginning of each cooling season. Set up a programmable thermostat so you are able to vary the temperature according to when you're home. Set it to 78 degrees when you're home. If you'll be gone for more than a few hours, it makes sense to set the cooling at 85 degrees while you're gone. Make sure your central airconditioning condenser is located in a shady spot and has room to dispose of the heated air it removes from your home. Don't crowd it with shrubs or anything else. Plant shade trees and shrubs around your home to aid lower the heat of the sunshine, particularly on the west and south sides. This can easily lower your cooling expenses by up to 30 %. Close drapes on the sunny side of your home and install awnings on the windows on the sunny side of your home. Setup energy effective ceiling fans and run them on hot days. If it's merely a little too warmfor comfort, use the ceiling fan without central air conditioning. If it's warm enough to require cooling, utilizing the ceiling fans at the same time allows you to raise thetemperature setting by 5 degrees, which will definitely decrease your expenses. Use the ceiling fan just when you're in the room, due to the fact that running the fan does not in fact lower the temperature. The moving air increases the quantity of evaporation from your skin and assists to cool you off. The darker the colour of your home, the even more heat it will definitely absorb, so if you're developing, purchasing, or thinking of repainting, pick lighter colors for the exterior. Thirty percent of the heat in your home is absorbed with the rooftop. Make sure your attic is correctly ventilated. Vents in the eaves allows cooler air to enter. A ridge vent or an attic fan can significantly lower your cooling expenses. Think of putting reflective window tint on your windows to decrease the quantity of heat absorbed. Any heat that's produced inside your residence needs to be taken out by your cooling system, so avoid producing heat inside your residence whenever feasible. Cook on your outdoor grill as often as feasible, or use a crockpot and the microwave oven. Use the 'air dry' setting on your dish washer. Close off spaces that you aren't utilizing and the coolingducts to those spaces. Turn off lights when not in use. Lights create heat,which makes your central air conditioning system work harder (and cost even more). Your home computer and other home office equipment additionally produce heat. Turn them off when not in use.
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