We prefer to stay inside our home, especially when it’s hot outside. In winter we use the heater, while in summer we use the air conditioner. This equipment provides comfort, but we also have to pay a high price. There are ways to reduce your heating and cooling costs without sacrificing comfort for your family.
Heating and Cooling Tips
Close The Chimney
Fireplaces are often inefficient as they heat the air inside your home and then release it outside. Heating air that doesn’t stay inside your house will result in you spending money. The warm air is also exchanged with cool air, which flows through the tunnel in the opposite direction. Your furnace will need to work twice as hard in order to maintain heat inside your home. You can save money by sealing your chimney and saving energy.
Insulation for the Attic
Although you will need to pay some upfront, the US Department of Energy estimates that this can save you as much as 30% on your Myrtle Beach heating and cooling bills. If your house is older than 30 years, it’s likely that you should update your attic. The $300 investment in an upgrade is worth the savings over the long-term. Also, you should check how much insulation is in the other places in your home where cold or warm air could easily escape.
Ceiling Fan Installation
Fans can cool down any area of your home by making it 8 degrees cooler. You can reduce your air conditioner usage, but without sacrificing comfort. Ceiling fans are affordable. Some models can be purchased for as low as $40 and you may even install them yourself. It will be well worth it, even if you end up spending more. Remember that central air conditioning is 70 times more expensive than running ceiling fans.
Blinds and drapes are a great option
You may feel very hot in the summer, so make sure to check out your blinds and drapes. Blinds should block direct sunlight from heating a room up to 20 degrees. You will save money by allowing less heat into your home. You might also consider drapes instead of blinds. They are more efficient.
Reduce Heat from Lights
The heat from lights can cause heating and cooling costs to go up. It might be worth replacing your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to reduce heat and save energy.
Do not hesitate to call an HVAC contractor if you are experiencing problems with your cooling or heating system. North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air is available now.
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North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air
1001 2nd Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582