Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

easing your cooling load with insulation, Las Vegas, NevadaEven in Nevada, where you’re used to running your air conditioner much of the time, it’s easy to get upset when the electric bill arrives. If you’re like most other Americans and trying  to make your hard-earned salary stretch, you’re certainly interested in lowering your energy bills. One significant way to do that is by easing your home cooling load.  

In effect, your cooling load is the amount of energy needed to keep you comfortable when you’re using your air conditioner. The better your home is at keeping the hot air out and the cool air in, the lower your cooling load will be. You can take several steps — both big and small — to ease that cooling load.

Investments that pay off in terms of easing your cooling load

Boosting your insulation is one of the smartest things you can do when a priority is easing your cooling load. Pay attention to the attic, which can get extremely hot and radiate heat into your living space. Also pay attention to your ductwork, which can be a significant source of energy loss. Seal rips, tears and loose connections, and talk with your HVAC contractor about insulating your ductwork.

Low-cost and no-cost ways to ease your cooling load

Begin by raising your thermostat incrementally. You can shave as much as 3 percent off your energy bill for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72, according to California’s Consumer Energy Center. Doing this over a period of time allows you to adjust to the new temperature. Give serious thought to getting a programmable thermostat, as well. It will automatically adjust your temperature when you’re gone — a surefire way to lower your energy bills. Consider these other measures to lower your energy bills:

  • Close your drapes and blinds during the day.
  • Run ceiling fans along with the air conditioner. The wind chill effect will make you feel comfortable even when your thermostat is set at a higher temperature.
  • Seal air leaks around your windows and doors, as well as the spots where cable, utility and plumbing lines penetrate your exterior.
  • Switch from heat-producing incandescent light bulbs to Energy Star bulbs.
  • Use your microwave instead of your range.

For other ways to ease your cooling load, call Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We’ve been the comfort people since 2002 — because we know that you can’t be really comfortable until your energy bills are minimized.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, .

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