You don’t have to pay a fortune to cool your home, even if it’s older. There are cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills without making your place uncomfortable in excessive heat. Here are some great ways to beat the heat in older homes.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat effectively manages the temperature in your home based on your household’s routines. If you program the system properly, it will let your home get hotter when everyone is away, saving you money, and lower the temperature when people are home. Smart thermostats are easy to install as they come with full instructions.
Set Your Thermostat Higher
If you gradually increase the temperature on your thermostat, you can save a lot of money while still being comfortable. You can save 5% to 8% on your energy bill for every degree you set your thermostat above 78 degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to 75 degrees in the morning and evening and 85 to 90 degrees during the day when you’re gone.
Use a Fan
Fans circulate air, making you feel cooler. Fans cost very little to operate while making the room they’re in feel four to six degrees cooler. You should have a ceiling fan spin counterclockwise in the summer so that it pushes cooler air down.
Use Your Curtains or Shades
About 20% of summer heat comes in through your windows. You should block the sun from entering your home using curtains or shades. This is especially important on your home’s west-facing rooms. Remember, this is where the sun shines the most late in the day.
Total Comfort Solutions Heating and Cooling of Kennesaw, GA, can help you with your energy bills. We provide heating and cooling services, including tune-ups, repairs and replacements. Our crew can also help improve your home’s indoor air quality. All of our services are provided by NATE-certified technicians. Contact us today if you have any questions.