Your home requires a certain amount of cooling to keep your interior environment at the comfort level you prefer. This is called the cooling load. By using some of the following techniques to reduce your cooling load, you’ll lower your monthly energy bills while still maintaining adequate levels of indoor cooling:
- Stop generating extra indoor heat: Avoid using kitchen ovens for cooking; instead, use microwaves, countertop grills or toaster ovens. Remove standard incandescent light bulbs and replace them with fluorescent bulbs that produce less heat. Make sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors.
- Stop heat gain from sunlight: When sunlight shines through your windows, it causes an increase in indoor heat, or heat gain. Close the drapes and curtains to keep this heat source under control. Use medium-colored drapes with a white or reflective backing. Put reflective or light-blocking treatments and films on your windows.
- Increase insulation: The better insulated your home, the more effective your cooling system will be. Add insulation to walls, ceilings, crawl spaces, and attics. Apply insulation with a high R-value. Higher R-values mean the insulation will block more heat.
- Use ceiling fans: Install ceiling fans and run them frequently. Direct airflow from the fans toward the floor in the summer to increase air circulation and keep cool air moving.
- Seal off leaks and drafts: Check for holes, gaps or openings in your home’s structure where cooled air can leak out, particularly where the frame of your house contacts attic and basement walls. Apply weatherstripping around doors and windows. Pay particular attention to the ductwork that carries cooled air throughout your house; re-seat loose segments and seal connections with mastic or metal tape.
- Schedule preventive maintenance: Keep your home cooling system tuned up and well maintained so that it works at its best possible level. Contact your local trusted HVAC source for a maintenance inspection at least annually.
CCAC, Inc. serves air conditioning and heating customers in Corpus Christi and along the Coastal Bend. Contact us today for more information on how to lower your home’s cooling load to conserve energy and lower your monthly energy expenses.
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