Cool Down the Cost of Running Your Air Conditioning with these Tips from Cool Depot

Temperatures are on the rise which tends to make people turn down their thermostat to stay cool. However, your electrical bill will go up, making it a mini monthly mortgage payment for some if you don’t get your cooling cost under control. The good news is that by following some practical tips at home, you can stay cool, save money and even help the environment. Here are a few cool tips and energy-saving ideas to consider:

Upgrading your system: An Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling unit can have a big effect on your utility bills—and your comfort—year-round. Some of the most energy-efficient heating and cooling products on the market are ductless mini-split systems that can save you as much as 30 percent on your cooling cost.

These ductless mini-split system work by pump refrigerant through their thin copper tubing from an outdoor compressor directly into an indoor air-handling unit, where the air is quietly distributed to the interior space. This eliminates the need for basement or attic evaporators and bulky, expensive ductwork. Mini-splits are fairly easy to install and usually require only a 3- to 4-inch hole through a wall or ceiling to connect the indoor and outdoor units. One of the best things about a ductless mini-split system is that it lets you control the individual temperature in each room. This means you don’t have to waste money cooling or heating spaces that you’re not using—such as guest bedrooms, bonus rooms, sunrooms, and basements. Mini-split systems come in all shapes and sizes, including wall and floor mounted, slim duct and compact cassette indoor units.

Quick Fixes to Help Reduce Costs:

  • Try using heat-producing appliances such as stoves, irons, and dryers at night or early morning.
  • Consider switching to LED light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs—which consume 90 percent more power.
  • Seal air leaks around windows, doors, and places where pipes and wires come through walls.
  • Replace existing caulking and weather stripping to ensure there are no gaps or cracks.
  • Buy dark-colored curtains, blackout shades, and a solar screen can stop up to 70 percent of solar energy before it gets into the house.
  • Installing awnings can reduce solar heat gain by as much as 77 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Beating the heat doesn’t mean you need to suffer high utility bills. Many of these tips will reduce your energy expenses along with changing some of your everyday habits. To learn more or to find an air conditioning technician in Pinellas, Hillsborough, or Pasco county, call (727) 388-2808 or visit