HOT TIPS FOR HOME COOLING IN KANSAS CITY

39438033_sMake no mistake – its summer in Kansas City. That means three things: high heat, high humidity, and soaring utility bills.

The cooling experts at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling would like to offer the following advice to area homeowners:

· Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. When the house is not occupied, do not turn the system off, but set the thermostat temperature up a few degrees so the air conditioner will still come on and dehumidify. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling costs will be. Don’t set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on (or down) your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.

· Consider using a whole-house dehumidifier in conjunction with your central air system to pull humidity from the home. With lower humidity levels, you will feel cooler at a higher temperature setting and, hence, the air conditioner will not need to run as often.

· Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

· Plant trees and shrubs to shade the home and air conditioning units. Also, awnings on the east and west windows block the solar radiation from reaching the glass.

· Keep in mind that insulation and sealing air leaks will help your energy performance all year-round. In the summertime, cool air is kept inside and hot humid air outside.

· Move furniture and drapes away from supply air registers, especially floor supply registers.

· Shut off supply registers that are located in your basement. You want all the cool air upstairs.

If your air conditioner is over 12 years old, replace it with a new, energy-efficient, environmental friendly model. You could save up to 60% on your utility bill for cooling. Look for the ENERGY STAR labels. KCP&L offers $850 in rebates. Learn more here.

If you have not had your cooling system tuned up recently, or ever, it’s never too late. A simple buildup of dirt and dust can cause outages and reduced efficiency – sometimes up to 20%. That can translate into longer running times and higher utility bills.