Three Ways You Can Reduce Your Air Conditioning Costs in Kalamazoo this Summer
We have already seen some 80 and 90 degree days this spring in Kalamazoo. If that’s any indication of how this summer will be, you will likely be getting a lot of use out of your air conditioning system. In this post, we will look at a few of the ways you can reduce your air conditioning costs in Kalamazoo this summer.
Having blinds or curtains (or both) over your windows can make a huge difference in the temperature of your home. For windows that are in direct sunlight, it may be a good idea to invest in blinds and shades that block out the sunlight. If your home’s windows are not in direct sunlight for the warmest parts of the day, you can help to prevent the “greenhouse effect” in your home with normal blinds or curtains.
While it’s true that fans do not actually lower the temperature in your home, they can help you to feel much cooler without running your air conditioner (and they use less energy). Running a ceiling fan or portable fan will help you and your family feel cooler without having to lower the thermostat!
While fans are a great way to reduce air conditioning costs, sometimes it’s just too hot and humid. Always be sure to have your thermostat installed out of direct sunlight and in a main and open part of your home. You should also set your thermostat for maximum efficiency. It’s not true that you should have your thermostat set at your desired temperature even while you’re away. The energy used to kick your air conditioning back on is much less than the energy you save by having your thermostat set at an increased temperature when you’re not home. Using a programmable thermostat is an easy way to automatically adjust the temperature of your home and many utility companies offer $10 to $100 rebates to upgrade an old thermostat to a programmable or WiFi thermostat.