Summer in Southern California brings the heat and if you’re like most SoCal residents you’ve been running your home's central air conditioning so you can stay cool.
Sadly, one consequence that many homeowners and renters in SoCal will face this summer is higher than normal energy bills because they will be using their air conditioners longer than other times of the year.
Thankfully, you can save money on energy costs by following these simple tips.
Tip #1 – Weatherize Your Doors and Windows
If you live in a home that’s more than 10 years old, there’s a good chance that the cold air from inside your home may be escaping from cracks around your doors and windows.
To solve this problem, it’s best to go through each room in your home and apply new caulking or weather stripping to every door and window to ensure that there are not any visible cracks where cold air can escape.
While you’re weatherizing the doors and windows in your home you should also review your home's window coverings as well because older curtains or mini blinds will not keep your home cool during the day.
You can ensure that your house is going to stay cool during the day by investing in rubber-backed curtains because they will keep your home cool during the summer and warmer during the winter with them.
Tip #2 – Change Your Air Conditioners Air Filter
Changing the filter to your central air conditioner should be something that you do every 2-3 months during the summer months because a clean air filter will your air conditioner function normally and keep the air inside your home clean.
Tip #3 – Have Your Conditioners Ducts Checked
Last of all, but most important, another helpful thing you can do as a homeowner to ensure that your home stays cool during the summer months is to have your ducts checked.
You should have your home’s ductwork checked once a year because it’s not uncommon for ductwork to become damaged over time and you could very well be losing cold air during the summer from holes in one or more parts of your home’s ductwork.