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Tips to chill your summer heating bill

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Shawn Carroll Shawn Carroll
Carroll cleans the coils on a customer's central air conditioning unit. Carroll cleans the coils on a customer's central air conditioning unit.
Proper use of ceiling fans can help lower cooling costs. Proper use of ceiling fans can help lower cooling costs.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This week's heat wave will have a lot of us reaching for the thermostat or clicking fans on high. There are ways to save during the summer so the additional energy does not dramatically increase your bill.

If you have a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are spinning counter clockwise for more of a breeze.

"What you want to go by is the air pushing down, or is it pulling the air up. In the hotter months, make sure the fan is circulating air downward," said Shawn Carroll, a technician with Bryant Heating and Cooling.

Carroll also suggests using ceiling fans rather than a thermostat's ON mode. Homeowners and renters should adjust thermostats to AUTO for a more energy efficient setting.

"It's also important to remember the ON setting does not mean the compressor is running and producing cool air," Carroll said. "The unit only produced cool air when the temperature in a room is above the thermostat's setting."

The ON setting indicates the HVAC fan or blower is circulating air through your vents. The thermostat's ON setting may make it more comfortable if your home doesn't distribute air property, but it'll cost you.

"Without making major duct changes, they can turn it to on and correct some of that. It's going to be a little higher on the electric side because the blower is operating," said Carroll.

To maximize efficiency, keep the door to your basement closed. Think about the concept cool air falls and warm air rises. You don't want the cool air you're spending money on, to fall to an already cool spot. Closing vents and doors to spare rooms can also be counterproductive. If a room doesn't have a return air duct do not shut the room's door. Shutting vents to save money doesn't work either.

"Once the air reaches the vent, it's left the trunk line and traveled through the pipe to the register. It's been spent. It's not going to go back to where it came from or force air to another vent," Carroll said.

For those who do not have air conditioning, technicians recommend opening as many windows as possible. Fans should be positioned outside so air is circulating through your home.

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