Summertime comes with lots of opportunities for fun and sunshine. However, it also tends to bring a spike in your utility bills as your AC has to work extra hard to cool your house. The good news is, there are tips and tricks that can help you cool down without breaking the bank.
At American Custom Contractors, we love to help our customers save money whenever possible to live their best lives. Here are 5 ways to lower cooling costs this summer from our team!
1. Upgrade to insulated vinyl siding.
If you have old-school wood siding, your home is less insulated to extreme temperatures. In addition to numerous other benefits, insulated vinyl siding will add R-value to your interior insulation. That means your cool air is more likely to stay inside where it belongs. If you are interested in upgrading to vinyl siding to lower your cooling costs this summer, give us a call!
2. Upgrade to energy efficient windows.
Similar to the type of siding on your home, the type of windows in your wall can have a big impact on your energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows contributes to 25-30% of the energy use in your home. The good news is, you can replace your old panes with energy efficient windows. If you are interested in upgrading, your team can help!
3. Seal cracks and openings.
Even if energy efficient siding and windows are outside your budget right now, you can still cut down on cooling losses by sealing up cracks around your house. Look for any cracks around your windows, doors, or baseboards. Patch them up with caulk or weather stripping, and you can prevent cool air leaks.
4. Use your ceiling fans.
If you want to raise the temperature on your thermostat without feeling uncomfortable, put your ceiling fans to good use. This can help with zone control because it adjusts the temperature in each room instead of forcing everyone to experience the same thermostat setting. Since ceiling fans use a lot less energy than your HVAC system, you can raise the temps and lower your utility bills.
5. Change your air filter.
If the air filter in your HVAC system gets clogged with dust and debris, your system will have to expend more energy to filter clean air through it. Changing your filter each month will help you use up less energy cooling your home.
We hope these ways to lower cooling costs this summer help you save money!
The summer heat can make cooling expensive. Whether it’s time for some home upgrades, or you just need a few quick tricks to lower your utility bills, we hope these tips will help.
Are you interested in upgrading your siding or windows for better energy efficiency this summer? Give us a call at American Custom Contractors.
Do you need new siding or windows for your Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. home this spring? Our team at American Custom Contractors can help! Give us a call at (301) 327-2013.