Summer has arrived along with longer and hotter days. The average household spends as much as 30% of their monthly electric bill on air conditioning. You can stay comfortable and save money each month with these tips to reduce cooling costs in your home.

Install Awnings

Awnings reduce the amount of heat that enters a building by providing shade. These structures can be especially helpful if your home has windows that are in direct sun. Both awnings and functional window shutters are useful for lowering your home’s cooling costs.

Replace the Air Filter Regularly

Keep your cooling system running efficiently and improve air quality by changing the filter. The HVAC filter traps dust, dirt, and pet hair so that only fresh air circulates through your home. A clogged filter means the air cannot flow freely and the system will strain to operate, making it consume more energy and produce more heat. Replace the filter every 30 to 90 days or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Use Ceiling Fans to Reduce Cooling Costs

Keep the interior of your home more comfortable by promoting good airflow. Ceiling fans help circulate air in the room and family members will feel cooler without adjusting the thermostat. In the summer, set your ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise direction to create a windchill effect.

Install Blinds and Drapes

Sunlight coming in through the windows will quickly heat the inside of your home. During the hottest part of the day, close the blinds or curtains to block the sun. In the evenings, open the curtains to allow heat to dissipate.

A Programmable Thermostat Helps Reduce Cooling Cost

A programmable thermostat lets you set and automatically adjust your home’s temperature. Set the device so the HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard during the day. Program it to return the house to a comfortable temperature just before your family comes home in the evenings.

Reduce the Use of Appliances

Many household appliances generate heat during use. Whenever possible, hang laundry outside to dry instead of running the clothes dryer. Plan for meals that don’t have to be cooked, such as salads or sandwiches. Using the oven on hot days increases the temperature indoors and forces the AC to work harder. Only use the dishwasher in the evenings when it’s cooler and wait until you have a full load to run the machine.

It can be expensive to keep your home cool during the hot summer months. However, by using the above tips, you will reduce your energy consumption and save money on the power bills.

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