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This summer, your energy bills can be high from continuously running your AC. Atlanta expert Phil Montgomery offers tips to lower your AC usage and still stay comfortable.

 Atlanta, Georgia – Energy costs continue to rise, and hoomeowners struggle with keeping their homes comfortable while keeping their utility bills in check. But there are some things you can do this summer to ensure your home stay cool and your wallet stays full.

 The first thing to do is cover any holes in your home through which air could be escaping. Check windows and doors to be sure they are properly sealed. Have an Atlanta cooling expert inspect your home’s ductwork for leaks. Be sure there is plenty of insulation in your attic, and consider adding more if necessary.

 “An easy way to keep energy costs in check is to keep curtains and blinds closed,” says Phil Montgomery, who owns Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, a heating and cooling company. “This will ensure the heat from the sun isn’t entering your home and thereby increasing the temperature. You can also consider planting leafy trees or bushy near windows to keep the hot sun out.”

 Air filters should be changed regularly. Dirty air filters force a unit to overwork, and it may not result in a cooler home, just an increased utility bill. During the summer, change your filter every month.

 Consider installing a programmable thermostat. This can help keep a home’s temperature regulated. There’s no reason to cool a home when no one is at home. There are many types of programmable thermostats on the market, so do your research and purchase the one that will work best for your family and your usage of AC  Atlanta technicians, such as those at Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, can assist with helping install the thermostat.

 Avoid using heat producing appliances such as ovens, during the warmest parts of the day. This will only increase the temperature in your home, forcing your AC to work even harder.

 Consider closing off parts of your home that aren’t used regularly. If you have rooms in your home that people don’t use, consider closing the vents and doors to them to keep your HVAC system from working overtime to cool them, too.

 Rather than continuing to lower the thermostat, use fans to spot cool. Fans can be used efficiently to keep family members cool.

 “The most important thing to remember, however, is to have your HVAC system regularly maintenanced,” says Montgomery. “AC units are like cars and need regular tune-ups to continue to work properly. Having a licensed technicians inspect your unit, including ductwork, attic insulation and vents, can ensure your unit is ready to keep your family cool all summer long

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