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For Lighter Energy Bills, Consider Lowering Your Cooling Load

Americans spend billions of dollars in energy every year to power their air conditioners. Even in the Phoenix Valley area, however, you can lighten the load on your energy bills by lowering the cooling load in your home.

Cooling load is a term used to describe how much cooled air your air conditioner must produce to keep your home cool during Arizona’s long, hot summer. The best way to control energy bills, therefore, is to keep the cooling load as low as possible. In general, this process involves ways to keep heat out.

Here’s some effective steps you can take to reduce the cooling load:

    • Use natural shading to reduce heat gain through windows and the attic. Having a large tree to shade your roof will prevent the sun from radiating through the roof and increasing the attic’s temperature, which will affect the temperature inside your home.
    • Insulate and ventilate the attic. Combined with shading, these three methods can significantly decrease heat gain.
    • Seal air leaks, because a tight exterior shell throughout your home will reduce the likelihood that hot outside air can gain access to the inside.
    • Block solar heat gain with window treatments, as an unshaded window can allow as much as 85 percent of the sun’s heat into your home, whereas sun screens, reflective films, and draperies can block between 60 and 90 percent of its heat.
    • Limit the use of heat-producing devices. Lights, electronics and TVs all produce heat when they’re on, so keep their use to a minimum.
    • Time your heat-producing activities wisely. Using appliances like your stove will quickly heat up your home, so wait to use your stove during the relatively cooler evening hours.
    • Use ceiling fans to help you feel cooler, while enabling you to raise the thermostat a few degrees, and thereby lower energy costs too.
    • Use exhaust fans to remove humidity and moisture that’s produced during cooking and showering, an effective way to usher unwanted heat out before it can affect the cooling load.

If you’d like expert help getting your home’s cooling load to a more manageable level, contact Wolff Mechanical today. Proudly serving Phoenix Valley homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy bills and other HVAC topics, visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

Wolff Mechanical services the Phoenix Valley area in Arizona.

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