Georgia is pretty well-known for its warm summers. If you’re looking at property in Smyrna, or you already own property, here are some ways you can bring down your cooling bills. Some of them might require a bit of work on your house, but many of these tips require no more than changing your habits here and there.
Have an Expert Look at Your Home
You can have an HVAC contractor come into your home to see if your system is functioning well and to check for leaks. Remember that not all leaks are obvious. Sometimes, ductwork or other fixtures might need repairs and, if they’re leaking cool air before it reaches its destination, you might find yourself with a warm house and a thin wallet. Be sure to have your system inspected at the beginning of the cooling season and, when autumn comes around, at the beginning of the heating season, as well. You’ll be surprised how much money a simple inspection can save.
Close the House in the Day
It’s tempting to leave the windows open all day in the summer. After all, who doesn’t love fresh air in their house? The problem is that outside air temperatures can rise quickly and that can mean your A/C has to work extra hard to cool off the house. If you’re going to keep the windows open, do it at night and close them up as soon as the day starts to get warm. You’ll see a difference reflected in your cooling bills.
Cool Yourself, Not the Whole House
Sometimes, the house might be a bit warm but not so warm that you want to turn on the A/C. If heat doesn’t pose health issues for you, consider restricting your cooling to yourself rather than trying to cool every room in the house. A simple box fan positioned close to where you’re sitting can make it much more comfortable in the house and they cost barely a thing to run. Cool beverages and light clothes can also increase your tolerance to heat, and reduce your utility bills.
Check Your Windows
Everyone checks their windows before the cold weather, but make sure you do it during the summer, as well. Close your windows and check for drafts. If you notice heat coming in, consider upgrading your windows to energy-efficient models.