A HOME expert has outlined eight ways to cool down your energy bills and your home during those long, hot summer days.
Mr Build It shared a YouTube video explaining ways you may not have tried to save to help reduce energy bills.
Here’s a list of things he recommended for a cool, energy-efficient way to end the summer.
1. Ceiling fans
The home expert said that one of the ways to keep your home cool during the rest of the summer is by using these ceiling fans. He said it not only cools the room but also the energy bills.
He said these fans can usually work both clockwise and counterclockwise.
The home guru suggested turning it counterclockwise, “which pushes cold air down from the fan helps cool the room and make your air conditioner work more efficiently.”
Mr. Build It recommended switching from incandescent to LED to reduce energy costs as well.
He said that lightbulbs get very hot when you turn them on, making the room warmer.
The estimated cost of using one device is around $7.23 per year, while the LED variant will cost around $1.56 per year.
That’s almost 80% savings per year.
3. HVAC filter
He said it’s important to replace HVAC filters, but many people forget to do it or put it off, which he called a cost-saving mistake.
He suggested replacing thinner filters every 1-3 months, while 3-4 inch thick filters can be replaced every 6-9 months. He also said that you should replace the air vents often too.
The expert also recommended getting a smart thermostat to reduce those energy costs.
He says they can range in price from around $70 to $250, but the auto and storage features they offer will save you in the long run after the initial outlay of buying a device.
Several energy experts suggest setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher for maximum energy efficiency that will cool your bill.
5. Heat Reducing Film
The expert says this works like tinted windows in your car, keeping heat and UV rays entering through the window to a minimum.
In his video, he offered simple instructions on how best to apply the film yourself.
Mr Build It suggested that one of the easiest ways to cool down your home during the summer heat is to use blinds.
He suggested thick Roman blinds as good heat protection, which also reduces solar radiation coming through the windows.
7. Air conditioning maintenance
The home expert suggested making sure your air conditioner is well maintained and asking someone to top up the freon level in it.
Too low a level will overload the compressor, which can skyrocket energy costs and make your chiller extremely inefficient.
The house guru says this machine sucks out the moisture of the day in climates where humidity levels can reach as high as 80-90%.
He said there are models that can suck up to 50% of the moisture from the air in a room about 1,500 square feet.
He suggested placing it in the bedroom or living room to create a more comfortable living environment.
He received more than 318,000 views of his YouTube guide and more than 200 comments.
A viewer agreed with Mr Build It, saying: “Very few filters are actually designed to last more than a few months. Unless you have a very expensive filter setup, change it every 3 months.”
Another joked: “Great video but I’m really here to talk about your wife’s design choices and your facility. The interior of your house is beautiful!”
And another offered his own tips!
“1. Plant trees. Make sure the trees are ‘rooted’. Many cities offer free tree planting and advice. 2. Install outside sunshades (they cover your window).”
Learn more about how much it costs to run your air conditioner here.
Plus the five regions with the highest energy costs this summer.
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