If you live in the Northbrook, Illinois area, you know how hot it can get in the summer and how hard it can be to keep your house cool during those sweltering months. Homeowners often see their electric bills double in the summer because running your AC accounts for about half of your power bill. There are some practical ways that you can reduce your cooling costs this summer and make your home more energy efficient. Here are some tips straight from the professionals at CRNE’s Environmental Control.
Program Your Thermostat
Turning the temperature up on your AC just a couple of degrees can make a huge difference in your bill. Try to set it higher than 75 in the summer months, and turn it off when you aren’t home. Programming your thermostat ahead of time will be much easier than remembering to change it throughout the day.
Use Fans Instead of AC
Ceiling fans and portable fans can work wonders in your home and cut cooling costs by as much as 40%. While they do not cool the air, they move air around so that it feels cooler, and you won’t need to depend on your AC as much.
Open Windows at Night
Take advantage of nature’s cooling system by opening up a few windows and letting the cool air circulate through your house at night. It will cool your house down while bringing in the fresh air and moving the stale, hot air out.
Install Light-Blocking Blinds
Sunlight pouring through your windows creates a greenhouse effect and heats your rooms up fast. Installing blinds is a simple solution that can go a long way to block the sun and prevent extra heat from getting in.
Get Your AC Serviced
Having your AC serviced regularly will ensure that it works properly and at its highest capacity through the hottest months. Changing air filters also makes a huge difference in cooling costs. If your AC system is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a full replacement. While this seems costly at first, it will save you a great deal of money and energy in the long run.
CRNE has been serving the Northbrook, Wheeling, and Buffalo Grove areas since 1990. We specialize in routine HVAC maintenance, repairs, and installation as well as home generators and air quality testing. To schedule your annual AC service and tune-up, contact CRNE at (847) 272-3192, or you can request service online any time.