Summertime in the North Shore area is a time to enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with friends and family. When temperatures get too high, however, it’s nice to have the option to head inside to bask in air conditioned comfort. But then, the cost of keeping cool can be a shock to the system. If you’re looking for ways to cut your cooling costs this summer, here are five to get you started:
- Schedule annual maintenance. A yearly tune-up, including the cleaning, maintenance and adjusting of your cooling system, can help improve comfort and efficiency, reduce the likelihood of major repairs, and increase the lifespan of your A/C or heat pump.
- Change your filter. Your air filter works hard to keep your indoor air and cooling equipment clean. A clogged filter forces your system to work harder to keep you comfortable and may cause parts to wear out prematurely. During peak season, change the air filter once every month.
- Seal your ductwork. Leaky ducts can account for up to 20 percent or more of conditioned air loss. Visually inspect your ducting network, paying close attention to ducts in unconditioned spaces such as the garage, attic or crawlspace. Seal leaks with a foil backed tape or duct mastic, and finish the project by wrapping them in insulation to prevent cold air loss in the summer and heat loss in the winter.
- Program your thermostat. One of the easiest ways to cut cooling costs is by installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to reflect your family’s schedule. Set the unit several degrees higher for times you are sleeping or away for maximum savings.
- Be more efficient. There are many reasons to replace your cooling system: rising energy bills, age (10 years or older), or lack of comfort or humidity control. Consider replacing with Energy Star certified equipment, which meet strict energy efficiency guidelines as outlined by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
For more tips on how to cut cooling costs this summer, call the experts at Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, proudly serving Northbrook, Glenview and other North Shore communities for more than 34 years.
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