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Spring Tips: Six Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs

From using ceiling fans to tuning up your HVAC system, these simple energy efficiency tips will help you save big on your utility bill

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Spring Tips: Six Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs

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Ceiling fans are an energy efficient way to keep temperatures cooler this spring.

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The entire Northeast, and most of the country for that matter, can breathe a collective sigh of relief as spring is finally here. Record snow falls buried cities all across the US -- from New York to Atlanta, no one was spared. 
 
For many people, the approaching longer days and warmer temperatures mean higher energy cost. During the winter months, its easy to avoid using your heating system 24 hours a day; blankets, fireplaces, layering clothing and even using the stove can keep you warm without running up your bills. However, in the summer months, depending on where you live, keeping cool without air conditioning can be challenging. 
 
Below are six tips to help keep you cool during the summer heat.
 
Ceiling Fans – A ceiling fan is great way to keep cool without using a lot of electricity. In fact, a ceiling fan uses no more electricity than a light bulb. Remember, ceiling fans cool people but not rooms so make sure to turn them off before leaving a room.
 
HVAC Filters – A dirty filter can limit the efficiency of your HVAC system by making it work harder to cool your home. Changing your filter on a regular schedule will help to keep your house cooler without raising your bills.
 
System Rating – HVAC systems have a SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. If you are in the market for a new system, this is something you want to pay close attention to. A Michael & Son Services Energy Consultant can help you choose the system that will help you keep your home cool and your energy bills down.
 
Sun Block – It’s as simple as it sounds: limiting the sunlight entering your home will keep it cooler. Curtains and blinds work great but if you really want to keep the sun out, trees and bushes work best.
 
Close Vents – Make sure to close air vents in any unused rooms. Keeping them closed will direct cool air where it's needed.
 
Tune Up – Tuning up your HVAC system at the beginning of the season will keep it running at peak performance. With a Michael & Son Home Care Agreement, you can rest assure that your system is ready for any kind of weather.
 
Following these six easy tips can help keep your energy cost down and your home cooler throughout the summer months. Is your home's HVAC system not working or in need of an upgrade? Call Michael & Son Services and schedule a visit today. Also, Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about special offers, upcoming events and much more.

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