The residential electricity rate in Newnan, Georgia, equals about 11.24 cents per kilowatt. While that rate is 5.39 percent lower than the national average, homeowners are always looking for ways to save on their cooling costs during the summer. Here are three easy ways to keep your cooling costs low this summer without sacrificing comfort:
Adjust the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
When you use them properly, the ceiling fans in your home can help reduce your reliance on your air conditioner. That’s because, while they don’t produce cold air themselves, they create a windchill effect that can make you feel cooler.
In the summer, adjust your home’s ceiling fans so they rotate in a counterclockwise direction. Doing so will ensure they create a cool downward airflow. Since they aren’t of use in an empty room, turn them off to avoid wasting energy.
Avoid Extreme Temperature Fluctuations
Returning home from work to a hot and stuffy home can tempt you to drastically turn the thermostat down. But cooling your home this way will only strain your AC system and cause your energy bills to spike.
Instead, try to maintain a comfortable baseline temperature in your home at all times – 78 degrees is good. For every degree higher, which you can set when you’re away from home, you can save as much as 3 percent of energy.
Schedule Professional AC Maintenance
The best way to keep your cooling costs under control is to maximize AC efficiency. To accomplish that, you should schedule professional AC maintenance every spring. During the tune-up, a qualified service technician will:
- Inspect the evaporator
- Check and clean the condenser drain
- Lubricate all moving parts in the air conditioner
- Examine all electrical components
- Test safety controls
Don’t risk a costly AC repair by not preparing your system for the upcoming summer. To learn more about how to keep cooling costs low, of if you’d like to schedule an AC tune-up today, contact X-Stream Mechanical Services at 770-769-1257.
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