Money Saving Air Conditioning Tips
My wife and I just closed on a winter getaway place in Florida and while her first thought was how little it would cost to heat mine was how much it would cost to cool–even if we weren’t there–in the summer. We here in Central New York have our share of hot and humid summer days when air conditioning comes in handy and I’ve come across a few tips courtesy of Yahoo Shine that can help save a few bucks.
1. If you need to cool only one room, don’t use your central air conditioning. Invest in a portable air conditioner, instead. Modern portable units have a very high energy efficiency rating, so it will cool your room effectively and save you a lot.
2. Install mini-blinds or white window shades. Mini-blinds can be very effective and can reduce heat gain from direct sunlight by 40-50 percent. You can also hang bamboo shades or tightly woven screens outside your windows. This will stop up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat from getting through your windows.
3. Keep all windows closed during the day. At night you can open them for ventilation and switch on a fan instead of an air conditioner.
4. If you are using a mini split air conditioner, make sure that the outside compressor is well shaded. However, trees and shrubs shouldn’t be planted right next to it; it needs some room for air flow.
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