Ways To Reduce The Cost Of Cooling Your Home This Summer

After a long, cold and dreary winter, everyone looks forward to the sunshine and heat of summer. That is, until they get their energy bills. The cost of cooling your home can be frustratingly high.

Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer from the heat just to save money on your cooling costs. The experts at Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling have prepared this easy guide to lower your energy costs during the summer months.

Programmable Thermostats

adjust-for-webMassive amounts of energy are wasted each year cooling homes when it’s not necessary. The rooms in your house don’t have to be as cool when you’re not home or while you’re sleeping.

With a programmable thermostat, you can set it to raise the temperature by a few degrees every night after everyone has gone to bed and bring it back down before anyone gets up. It can once again do the same when everyone leaves the house during the day.

Doing this could save you as much as 10% on your cooling bills. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can achieve similar results by manually adjusting it, however, if you’re someone who tends to forget such tasks, getting a programmable thermostat will be a wise investment that will pay for itself in time.

Plant Some Trees Around Your House

By planting some trees or shrubs and creating some shade around your house, you’ll significantly reduce the amount of heat energy that gets transferred by the sun’s rays through your windows and roof. This will effectively make it much easier for your air conditioning system to keep your home cool.

If You Have a Basement, Use It

Basements are naturally the coolest areas in most homes. That’s because hot air rises and cool air falls. If you and your family speceiling-fannd time together in the basement, you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher as it will be easier for your AC to maintain a comfortable temperature there.

Use Ceiling Fans to Displace Air

In the same way that a light breeze in the outside heat can make you feel cooler without actually changing the temperature, a ceiling fan can also make you feel cooler indoors.

The displacement of air helps the beads of sweat on your skin to evaporate, thus cooling down your body. With the ceiling fan running, you can adjust your thermostat as much as 4°F warmer and feel equally comfortable. But remember, since it doesn’t actually make the temperature drop, you should turn your ceiling fan off when you leave the room to conserve energy.

There are countless ways to make your Alexandria, VA home more energy efficient, year-round, and your friendly experts at Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling know them all. To find out more about how we can help you save money on your energy bills, call us today at 703-765-9400.