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5 Ways To help You Lower Air Conditioning Costs
Oklahoma's summer heat is upon us, is your air conditioner ready? Air conditioners have become more of a necessity than a luxury item in Oklahoma. However, cooling your home has gotten more and more expensive as the years go on. Summer has a trend of coming sooner and staying longer year after year. This is creating more demand form consumers and newer regulations have made producing power more costly. The end user, you, has to keep getting monthly bills that exceed the previous months. This is why it's crucial to have an air conditioner that runs at full efficiency.
Here are 5 ways to help you lower your air conditioning expenses.
Programmable Thermostats. If you haven't already installed a programmable thermostat, we highly recommend doing this ASAP! This allows the thermostat to set temperatures that compliment your life. The air conditioner will be running more when you are at home than when you are away. Overtime, this will assist in reducing wear and tear on your unit which saves money on utilities and saves energy.
Home Energy Evaluation. A good way to lower your energy costs is to check door and window seals. Inspecting and cleaning all filters and vents to make sure air flow is unrestricted. Make sure attic insulation is in condition, modern material and meets today's proper guidelines. This can be done by you but it is recommended to hire a professional to inspect. Replace all high heat and wattage incandescent bulbs with their LED counterparts.
Contact a professional to inspect your air conditioner. Air conditioners not running at peak performance costs more to operate. Do more than just simple DIY projects such as changing a filter, cleaning coils, etc...
Fans are a must. Ceiling fans, floor fans, etc... will improve cold air circulation through your residence and reduce air conditioning system run time to increase monthly savings.
Window Coverings. A great way to tackle energy consumption is reducing heat conduction. Choosing indoor coverings such as draperies, blinds and shades along with outdoor modifications such as functional shutters or awnings will not only compliment your decor; but it will also assist in lowering your energy costs.