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Too Much AC: How to Reduce Home Energy Costs during the Summer Months

Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature during the warmest months of the year can be extremely expensive. If you are tired of dealing with skyrocketing energy bills every summer, then it is time to start thinking about making your home as efficient as possible. These few tips will help you lower your energy bills without sacrificing your family’s comfort.

Turn Your House into a Smart Home

After installing a handful of smart devices throughout your home, you will have an incredible amount of control over your energy consumption. These devices can be managed from anywhere in the world with a mobile app, and that means you will be able to turn off appliances or change the settings on the HVAC system no matter where you are. They will also track the energy consumption of each individual appliance in your home so that you can unplug the worst offenders.

Fill in the Gaps

Every pinhole and crack inside your home is going to cost you money. The most effective way to close up those openings is to cover them with a little bit of foam insulation. You can also use all-purpose caulking for any larger holes around pipes, doors, windows, and vents. If you aren’t sure where the drafts are coming from, then you might want to invest in a cheap infrared thermometer. One of those devices will show you exactly where the cool air is escaping.

Clean or Replace Your Air Filters

A clogged air filter will force an HVAC system to work much harder than it needs to. Every air filter is slightly different, but most need to be replaced once every 30 to 90 days. You also have the option of cleaning the air filter once or twice a week with a vacuum. A completely clogged air filter will create back pressure in your ducts and allow airborne allergens into your home

Replace Your Old Windows

Closing your blinds or putting film on your windows will stop some of the UV rays from getting into your home, but replacing the windows entirely may be more cost-efficient in the long run. A window glass replacement company can help you install energy efficient windows in just a few hours, and your monthly bills are immediately going to drop. Energy efficient windows typically have multiple layers of materials that block UV rays and limit heat transfer. You can check here for more information about window replacement.

Improving your home’s efficiency is an ongoing project that will require constant tweaks. Throughout this process, you need to keep a close eye on your energy consumption to make sure that each upgrade and addition is worth the investment.

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