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Tips to Save on Cooling Bills

Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, there is no doubt that paying to heat or cool your home or office space is a big expense. In fact, according to EnergyStar.gov, the average American family spends around $2,060 every year on utilities. For businesses, the average in the United States per square foot of commercial property for utility bills per year is $2.10. That's a lot of money and can be a significant part of a business's budget.

Atlantis Comfort Systems offers the best residential, commercial, and multi-family HVAC services in Rhode Island. Since 2009, we've been helping you have the best indoor air environment possible. Having climate control where you want it helps improve productivity for homeowners and employees, helps with focus and creativity, and helps us enjoy life. From heating and cooling repair and maintenance to multi-family installation services, we've got your HVAC system needs covered. Below, we'll offer up tips for the homeowner to save on their cooling bill. Contact our HVAC company for a free quote today!

TIPS TO SAVE ON COOLING BILLS

Invest in Nature

Some of the most beautiful creations in existence (outside your children, of course) are in nature. From tulips in the spring to hummingbirds, bears, and Niagara Falls, nature has the ability to rejuvenate us and be a feast for the eyes. Thus, one great way to save on your Rhode Island home's cooling cost is by planting shade trees around your home. Trees help to block out the sun with their leaves and provide a cooler environment around your home as well. Experts recommend planting tall trees on the south side of your home and broad trees on the west to align with the rise and fall of the sun.

Invest in a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

This was a tip as well in our previous blog post about tips to save on your heating bill. If you are still rocking an old school thermostat, it's time to upgrade today. By having the ability to set the temperature in your home to align with your schedule, you can save hundreds of dollars a year in utility bills. Atlantis Comfort Systems in Rhode Island recommends you set your thermostat for a higher temperature while you are away in the summer, so your AC unit gets a break, and then program it to lower the temperature 30 minutes before you are expected to arrive home. At night, you can also raise the temperature of your thermostat in order to take advantage of the cooler night air, or turn it off altogether and open your windows instead.

A smart thermostat is a great upgrade as well. This allows you to control your home's temperature while you are away. This can be a lifesaver if you go on vacation and you forgot to adjust the thermostat before leaving. Many smart thermostats have sensors you can place around your home so your HVAC system can tell when one room is hotter than the others and make adjustments accordingly.

Invest in Ceiling Fans

Point of fact is that ceiling fans do not cool the air within your home; only air conditioning units can do this. Ceiling fans work by moving air around your home. In the summertime, this moving air helps to evaporate sweat from your skin, which cools you down. This then allows you to keep your home's central air conditioning temperature higher, thereby using less energy and wear and tear on your system overall. Ceiling fans also move the cool, conditioned air from your air conditioning unit around your home as well, which makes you cooler, too.

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Avoid Bringing Heat In

Odds are, your mother yelled at you to shut the door every time you left the house in the summer in order to keep the cool air in. While we believe in this tip as well to help you keep your home cool, another great tip to avoid bringing heat into your home is to not use any machines that create heat. Again, while we all need our electronic devices to work and play, we don't need to use the oven or stovetop during the middle of the day. You can use the microwave instead, plan to use your outdoor grill, or eat cold foods that do not require cooking, such as fruits, vegetables, and sandwiches. You can also be sure you open your vents when you use your oven in order to get the hot air out of your home. This same advice applies to your shower as well. One more tip: if you have a clothesline, use that instead of your dryer. This will save your home the heat and leave your clothes smelling nice and fresh.

Invest in Regular Cooling Maintenance

One of the best ways to prolong your AC unit's lifespan and cut down on energy usage is with regular AC maintenance. Filters can clog up quickly with dirt, which can cause your overall cooling system to work harder to produce airflow. Registers can become blocked by dust, which restricts return airflow. Your outside AC unit needs to be free from debris and other restrictions. This helps keep the evaporator coils and condenser free from dirt and dust. When you partner with a top-rated local air conditioning company, such as Atlantis Comfort Systems, we can perform a thorough check on your entire cooling system, including the refrigerant, nuts and bolts, and so much more. The goal of AC maintenance is not only to keep your air conditioning unit working at its best and more energy-efficient, but also to prevent long-term repairs down the road.

CALL ATLANTIS COMFORT SYSTEMS FOR ALL YOUR RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING NEEDS TODAY

Atlantic Comfort Systems has been serving the residents of Rhode Island with the best AC installation, maintenance, and repair services since 2009. Our team of HVAC technicians are trained in all of our HVAC products, including Carrier and Mitsubishi. They are knowledgeable about Energy Star and LEED programs. We offer duct leakage testing, indoor start up tests to see if your indoor unit is wired properly, as well as outdoor testing. Our mission is to help you have the most energy-efficient HVAC system possible. We stay up-to-speed on the latest in technology innovations and incorporate these where we can in order to provide you with the best possible customer service experience. Our HVAC specialists are friendly, and we pride ourselves on offering affordable heating and cooling solutions for your home.

Atlantis Comfort Systems is committed to the highest-quality craftsmanship and to your satisfaction. Call us for a free quote for your air conditioning service for your Rhode Island home today!

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