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5 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Bills for Less Than $50

August 18, 2015

If you’re struggling between keeping your home cool enough and high electric bills this summer, try these ideas to help you feel a bit cooler.

Run Floor and Table Fans

Fans don’t introduce cool air into your home, but they move cool air around so the house maintains a consistent temperature. If you don’t have ceiling fans in your home, pick up a couple of floor or table fans at the hardware store and place them around your house. Turn them on to direct air flow throughout the residence, which will make you more comfortable.

Gradually Increase the Thermostat Temperature

Setting your thermostat several degrees higher all at once makes the change more noticeable. Try increasing the temperature setting by one degree every few days. Your body can adjust to the increased temperature gradually so you don’t feel compelled to lower it again.

Open the Vents

Of all the HVAC myths, the one about closing vents in unused rooms remains most popular. Closing HVAC vents actually increases your cooling bills because your air conditioner must work harder. Open all the vents in every room of your home and direct them toward the center of the rooms and not the edges.

Turn Off Electronics

Another free solution, turning off your electronics reduces the amount of heat introduced inside your home. Shut off all appliances and electronics you don’t need, from the television and computer to the coffee maker. Turn out lights, as well, so the bulbs don’t produce heat while they’re not in use.

Plant a Tree

Shade trees help cool your home by blocking the sun from directly hitting your roof and exterior walls. Choose a large tree with a vast canopy of leaves for the best results.

If you’re having trouble cooling your home without astronomical bills, consult with ISI Indoor Solutions, Inc., to find the culprit and we’ll recommend solutions. Contact us online or give us a call at 706-225-8241.

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