7 Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs this Summer

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2020 was one of the hottest summers on record in the U.S. With the dog days of summer approaching, you may be wondering what kind of cooling bills you can expect. Don’t worry, as we have plenty of practical ways to reduce the amount of air conditioning your business uses this season.


#1. Install Window Tinting
Window tinting can effectively lower the indoor temperature anywhere from two to five degrees. Not only will your employees feel cooler, but they might also enjoy less eye strain and fatigue. Tinted windows are aesthetically appealing, so they could even bring you more foot traffic as well.
Alternatively, cellular shades will also block sunlight, and provide slightly more privacy than window film. As an added bonus, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that they can also block about 40% of heat loss during the winter.


#2. Plant Trees
Strategically-planted trees will provide shade during summer and keep the inside of your building much cooler. As they grow, they’ll make an effective wind block for cold air during winter too. As with tinted windows, they also increase your curb appeal to make your establishment more attractive to those passing by. 
#3. Reduce Equipment Usage
Computers, printers, copiers, and other office machinery all generate heat. Accordingly, you should reduce or limit your equipment usage, particularly during peak periods. Power down equipment when not in use, and stagger work schedules whenever possible so there is fewer people in the office during the afternoons. Be mindful of equipment such as microwaves and coffee makers that might be putting out heat so that you can unplug them as well.



#4. Have Your Ductwork Inspected
Your facility can contain hundreds or even thousands of feet of ductwork. Small cracks, tears, or improper seals along any of it can result in significant air loss that would subsequently increase your energy costs. Reducing air loss can result in significant savings, so you should contact us at once to schedule your inspection.


#5. Change Air Filters Monthly
Dirty filters will prevent air from circulating freely throughout your building. In turn, you may notice only a limited amount of cool air coming from your vents. Changing your filters is one of the best things you can do to extend the life of your system and prevent costly breakdowns during the summer months.


#6. Keep up with Maintenance
A poorly-maintained unit will have to work harder than usual to keep things cool. When an HVAC system isn’t maintained, it can become sluggish and will likely require more energy – just like an automobile that isn’t tuned up. On the other hand, regular tune-ups will ensure everything is running in peak condition. Routine servicing is very inexpensive and will likely pay for itself in the way of energy savings over time. Contact South Jersey Heating and Cooling today to schedule your appointment.



#7. Consider an HVAC Replacement
Is your current system more than 15 years old? If so, replacing it with a new, more efficient one could be your best option. This is especially true if you have experienced significant repairs over the past few months. With a new unit, you can avoid the type of breakdowns that would interrupt your operations, while also saving a great deal of energy dollars.


Helping your South Jersey Business Thrive
To remain successful, your business needs a well-functioning HVAC system that doesn’t cost a fortune to operate. That’s where we come in, ensuring your air conditioner is in tip-top shade. Save those valuable energy dollars for something more important.  Contact South Jersey Heating and Cooling to set up your service appointment.