Just about everyone in the south knows that if you want to cut cooling costs, you have to look for ways to decrease the amount of hot air and sunshine that gets into your house.
The question is, what are the best ways to block the sunshine and help your a/c work less? There are lots of ways you can employ to help reduce cooling costs.
You can put window film on your windows, which will reduce heat coming in and in turn allow you to keep your thermostat setting at a reasonable temperature. You can do the same with darkening shades or curtains. Everyone will ulcer recommend to you that you should have shade at your house. Well, shade is not easy to find. It’s not like you can go to the store and buy shade-in-a-can. It takes years to get shade over your house because the way to get it is by planting trees. Everyone wants to cut cooling costs, but not everyone can wait twenty years for the trees to reach maturity. That’s why you should go to the plant store and request quick-growing trees. Master gardeners have developed all kinds of quick-growing trees just for the purpose of reducing cooling costs. Builders want to get environmentally friendly discounts when they build communities, so if they can find ways to increase the efficiency of heating and cooling, that is important. HOmeowners just want to spend less on their monthly cooling bills, right? Try everything to help with HVAC operational costs. Set your thermostat a tad bit higher in summer and a tad bit lower in winter. Black the sun in every way you can in the summer. Use ceiling fans to use less a/c.