When it comes to your cooling bill, saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your comfort. Use these tips from the heating and cooling experts at Patterson Plumbing to save energy without adjusting the thermostat:

  1. Upgrade your cooling system. If your cooling system is more than 10 years old, you should consider having it replaced. Newer models are much more energy efficient and could save you money in the long run.

  1. Reverse your ceiling fans. Set the blades on your ceiling fan to rotate counterclockwise; this forces air down into the room and creates a windchill effect.

  1. Seal air leaks around the home. Sealing up air leaks around your windows and doors helps prevent cold air from escaping.

  1. Install energy-efficient windows. Energy efficient windows are coated in a special film that helps prevent air loss.

  1. Avoid cooking on your stove or oven. These can quickly heat up your home. Use a microwave, toaster oven, or cook outside on the grill instead.

  1. Invest in a programmable thermostat. You can set your cooling system to automatically use less energy when it isn’t needed, such as when your house is empty.

  1. Supplement with dehumidifiers. Humidity can make a home feel warmer than it really is.

  1. Add shade around your home. Use curtains, install awnings, or plant trees to shade your home.

  1. Clean your air ducts. If you have a central air system, your air ducts could be clogged with dust, dirt, and other pollutants that are hindering your energy efficiency.

  1. Have your air conditioner tuned up. A tune up will help improve your energy efficiency and prevent future breakdowns.

Looking for even more ways to save? Check out this list of tips from the Department of Energy!

If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, let Patterson help you beat the heat this summer! We offer a wide variety of cooling services including A/C installations, repairs, tune ups, and air duct cleaning. Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

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