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5 Cooling Efficiency Tips For The End of Summer

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It’s been a hot one here in Connecticut so far in summer 2020, and with everyone home more than usual, you’re probably paying more – maybe a lot more – for your cooling bills.

A/C Efficiency Checklist

Want to keep those bills as manageable as possible? Here are five ways to do it:

  1. Change those air filters! – A clogged air filter will make your air conditioner overwork to do its job, and both you and your equipment will pay for it. Check your air filter monthly, replacing or cleaning it (depending on the model) when needed.
  2. Keep your home air-tight – Keep hot air out and cool air in by caulking and weather stripping windows and exterior doors. Don’t forget insulation, either: adding it in attics, crawl spaces, and other areas of your home is one of the best ways to improve efficiency. To learn where and how much insulation to add, check out this article.
  3. Do the “little things” – When it comes to cooling efficiency, the devil is often in the details: keep doors and windows closed, keep shades down in sunny rooms to minimize the greenhouse effect, avoid using heat-producing appliances like ovens and clothes dryers, keep vents closed in unused rooms, use ceiling fans to promote airflow – anything that will take some of the load off your A/C.
  4. Program your thermostat – You can save about three percent per day on air conditioning bills for each degree you raise the thermostat, says the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. When you’re home, target a temperature of about 78 degrees – a temperature the Department of Energy says represents the best balance of comfort and energy savings.
  5. Service your equipment – If you skipped annual air conditioning tune-up this year, it’s not too late to schedule an A/C service call and get your cooling system back up and running at peak performance. If your A/C is showing signs that it needs service, take care of it as soon as possible: the longer you put it off, the more costly your air conditioning repair is likely to become.

There’s still plenty of hot Connecticut days left to come in 2020 – keep those cooling bills under control! If you need cooling system maintenance in Fairfield, Litchfield, & New Haven counties – or find yourself needing to replace your air conditioner after a breakdown – Jennings Oil & Propane can help.

Contact us today to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in CT and get a $20 discount if your work is complete by August 31! Bundle your A/C service with heating maintenance and we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a $100 gift card! Three winners will be picked at random – contact us today for details.