Don’t have air conditioning? Read suggestions from our Denver residential electricians to stay cool without it!
As it starts to warm up outside, we all start thinking about ways to stay cool. Central air conditioning isn’t always an option in some of Denver’s great older neighborhoods.
Often folks will consider a window air conditioner, just to try and cool a bedroom. Here are two things to keep in mind before making that purchase:
- A window air conditioner can easily overload a circuit. The warmer it gets outside, the harder the unit works to keep the room cool, the more power it draws, the more likely it is to overload the circuit and trip the breaker.
In addition to creating a potential overload condition, running a window air conditioner could cost 50 times more than running a ceiling fan. Xcel Energy’s 60 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill says an energy efficient ceiling fan can be operated for 8 hours a day for as little as 30 cents per month!
- Ceiling fans put very little load on an existing circuit, which lessens the danger of an overload. Often ceiling fans can be installed in place of an existing light fixture, as long as the ceiling box can properly support the weight and vibration of a fan. Feel free to contact us through our website, or call us if you’d like to schedule an installation.
Trying to find a way to spend less money to keep your house comfortable this summer? Here are 6 ideas from Xcel Energy:
- Plant Trees for Shade: Deciduous trees – those that produce leaves in the spring and lose them in the fall – shade your house from the sun during summer and let the sun warm your house in winter. Shading your home could save up to eight percent on cooling costs.
- Change Your Air Conditioning Filter: Clean or replace your central air conditioner’s (AC) filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and the life of your AC.
- Consider A Whole House or Attic Fan: Through your open windows, a whole house or attic fan draws cool nighttime air in and forces out hot air that built up during the day. These fans work best in drier climates.
- Use Ceiling Fans to Cool Your House: The most efficient ceiling fans cost as little as 30-cents a month if used eight hours a day. A window air conditioner can cost 50 times as much as a fan. Ceiling fans will keep the air moving and allow you to keep the thermostat setting higher because moving air feels cooler.
- Raise Your Thermostat Setting: You can save approximately $100 in a summer by raising your thermostat’s temperature from 72 to 78 degrees.
- Open Windows: On Cool Nights On cool days and nights, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Don’t open windows when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house
Even though we at Electri-Serve are …more than electricians, we don’t plant trees or work on your air conditioner. Our Denver residential electricians DO install ceiling fans that will make an immediate difference in the “feels like” temperature in the area where a fan is installed – including your outdoor patio!
Call our office at 303-892-0027 or contact us through our website.