If remembering what you paid to keep your home comfortable last summer makes you cringe, it’s time to make a change. Just in time for warmer weather, here are five tips to reduce cooling costs in your Chicago home.
Keep Interior Heat Gain to a Minimum
Start by reducing the amount of heat you generate inside. Refrain from running the dishwasher, doing laundry and baking during the day. Save these activities for after dark. Cook with the microwave or outside on the grill as much as possible. Draw heat and humidity from showering to the outside by running the bathroom exhaust fan.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you use the thermostat correctly, you could reduce cooling costs by up to 10 percent. The trick is to program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping. Programmable thermostats prevent you from spending money cooling an empty house, but you still come home or wake up to a comfortable temperature thanks to programmed recovery periods.
Block the Sun
Prevent direct sunlight from streaming in the windows by putting in insulating curtains. Awnings and roof overhangs help shade windows further. You can also shade the outside of your home with trellises and strategically planted trees.
Run a Fan
Did you know the wind chill effect makes you feel about 4 degrees cooler? This means you can turn on the fan, turn down the thermostat and feel comfortable while reducing cooling costs. Just remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room to conserve energy.
Turn your home into a well-insulated cooler by ensuring the attic and exterior walls have plenty of insulation. Then, double check ductwork insulation levels. Insulated ducts keep cooled air from gaining heat on its way to supply registers.
Learn more about how to reduce cooling costs, as well as Hollub Inc.’s air conditioning solutions, or call us at (312) 829-8000 to schedule an appointment.
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