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Investing in Lower Cooling Bills

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The end of winter and the start of spring means that summer is just around the counter, but unfortunately, that also means that sooner or later, it is going to be much, much, much warmer than you’ve grown accustomed to over the past few months. Consequently, you’re going to have to start cooling your home soon, which can end up costing you a considerable amount of money in bills over time. After all, the larger and more luxurious your home is, the more space there is to cool, which can end up driving you bill into the stratosphere.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way; you can find a number of ways to reduce the cost of energy while also make a positive impact on the environment. When you can contribute to society while also saving yourself considerable amounts of money – as your bills always have a way of increasing at incredible rates come every summer, it would seem – you know that you’ve made a great decision.

Getting Started Saving

If you want to save money, the best place to start is in your basement. Much of the guts of your heating and cooling systems are located there, and you can make a huge amount of difference by making minor modifications or adjustments to those systems. For starters, you can clean your air-conditioning filters every month, ensuring that you get maximum airflow. Furthermore, by getting regular, professional checks once a year, you can also ensure that the system is functioning as efficiently as possible; that efficiency will save you considerable money over time.

If the efficiency of your air conditioning system is at maximum and you find that it is still not as efficient as you would like, you might consider getting an entirely new air conditioner. Specifically, energy-efficient units are available and can actually qualify for a tax credit that will save you even more money over the long run. If this is an option you are seriously considering, ensure that you are getting a seasonal energy-efficiency ratio of 16 to 21, which is the highest possible level of efficiency.

Foolproof Ways to Save

Something else to look out for is to ensure that your home makes your cooling process as efficient and low-cost as possible. For example, are you certain that your home is leak-free? Check your windows, your doors, and even your walls – along with the air conditioning system itself – to ensure that none of your cool air is escaping into the world, with you having paid for it.

Ultimately, lowering the cost of cooling your home is a combination of adapting your home to efficient, optimal cost-saving, along with investing in equipment and other technology that will ultimately be an investment in your future.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com