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5 Energy-Efficient Ways to Cool Your Home

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There’s No Need for the Summertime Blues When You Work with Bob’s Heating & Air

If you’re in the Sammamish area, it’s time to brace for the warm months ahead. As a premier HVAC company serving Puget Sound, we know a thing or two about creating the coolest (pun intended) home on the block for our clients during the summer!

It's essential to explore energy-efficient strategies to maintain a cool and comfortable living situation, so here are five proven techniques you can use to reduce your cooling costs. 

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Install Energy-Efficient Cooling Systems

If your existing air conditioning system is outdated or you’ve fallen behind on regularly scheduled maintenance visits, it’s likely consuming more power than necessary. Our HVAC professionals guide you through upgrading to an energy-efficient model that best suits your home's size and your personal needs.

Maintain Your Cooling System Regularly

Regular maintenance ensures that your climate control system operates at its peak efficiency. This includes cleaning or replacing filters, checking for duct leaks, and ensuring the condenser and evaporator coils are clean. A trusted local HVAC company like Bob's Heating & Air Conditioning can handle these regular maintenance tasks with the Guardian HVAC Maintenance Program. You can rest easy knowing you'll save time and money in the long run.

Update Your Insulation

Efficient insulation keeps your home warm in winter and helps it stay cool in summer by reducing heat transfer. Hiring a professional HVAC company can be invaluable for this task because our team of experts can identify areas with poor insulation and upgrade issues as needed. The overall energy efficiency of your home improves with the right products in place (and if you update them when they're worn out!).

Leverage Natural Ventilation

Often, the simplest methods are incredibly effective. Consider opening your windows once the sun sets and the evening breeze comes rolling in. The cooler air will lower your home's temperature and reduce the need for running the HVAC system at nighttime. When you wake up, close the windows to keep the warm air out and lower the shades to create an insulating air pocket between the window treatment and the window with cool air trapped between them. This method is especially effective in our climate, where nights are typically cooler.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans help circulate air, creating a wind-chill effect that makes the room feel cooler. While fans do use electricity, their consumption is minimal compared to a traditional heating or cooling system. They can be used independently on moderately warm days or in tandem with your AC on sweltering days. Check to see that the fan is turning counterclockwise; there should be a switch on the side of the fan that lets you change the direction the fan turns. And be sure to switch the fan back to clockwise in the fall and winter to save on heating costs.

By combining DIY methods with professional HVAC services, you can beat the summer heat without a steep energy bill. A more energy-efficient home is not only a money saver but a step toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Contact our team here or call us at (800) 840-3346 to schedule a home visit today.

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