With the summer season finally here, you may have already begun using air conditioning or other methods to try and cool down your home.
Did you know that a traditional air conditioner can cost up to $1,400 to operate each year? (Based on a rate of 23 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh)). That’s because on average a traditional air conditioner will consume 6,000 kWh per year. That’s like watching 36,000 episodes of Modern Family or Big Bang Theory on a plasma TV or using a laptop for 120,000 hours.
We offer cost-effective financing for many energy efficient home improvements that can help you cut down on energy costs and increase the comfort in your home. There are several low-energy, low-cost products to help you cool off during the hot months of the year, including high-efficiency air conditioners. Here are a few energy-saving cooling options that an EnergyLoan® could help you afford:
Whole House Fan
Do you often find it uncomfortably warm in one part of your house, only to move to another area and find it much cooler? Installing a whole house fan can help to circulate that cooler air throughout your home and in turn make it feel more comfortable. Whole house fans only use 10-20% of the energy that a traditional AC unit does. You can also use a whole house fan to draw fresh air into your home through open windows on a cool summer night, further helping to decrease your energy costs.
Do you feel dry and hot inside your home? Installing an evaporative cooler (or “swamp cooler”) can help cool the air by releasing moisture into your home, which in turn makes it much more comfortable. Evaporative coolers work especially well in dry climates, such as California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and they use only 25% of the electricity that an AC uses.
Air Source Heat Pump
Use condensation to cool down your home! An air source heat pump pulls warm air out of your house and replaces it with cooler air, Even better, it also can be operated during the winter months in reverse. Instead of extracting heat from your home, it extracts cool air from your home and replaces it with warm air in order to heat your home. Compared to a standard AC, air source heat pumps use only 25% the amount of energy.
Air Sealing & Insulation
One of the most important things to do when trying to make your home more comfortable is to install proper air sealing and insulation. Without it, all of that cool air will just escape through the cracks in your home or dissipate through the walls or roof. With proper insulation and air sealing in place, homeowners are typically able to save 15% on heating and cooling costs year-round.
Stay cool this summer!
To learn more about how we can help you cut cooling costs (and to learn about all of our eligible cooling products), call us at 888-232-3477 today!