As spring arrives and temperatures rise in Charlotte, North Carolina, you may wonder how to stay cool without using a lot of electricity. There are simple ways to cool your home, stay comfortable and spend less on utility bills.

Tune Up the Air Conditioner

Before turning on the air conditioner for the first time, have your heating and air conditioning contractor complete a tune-up. Preventive maintenance examines all elements of the system including filters, refrigerant and electrical connections. The service technician will also clean the housing and coils, oil all moving parts and check belts for wear. A well-functioning system uses less energy to operate, saving you money. Tune-ups prolong the life of the unit and reduce the occurrence of breakdowns.

Use Ceiling Fans

Although fans don’t lower temperatures, they do move air, which makes us feel cooler. Early in the morning or at night when temperatures are lower, open windows and use fans to draw in cooler air.

Upgrade the HVAC Unit

Newer systems, such as air-source and geothermal heat pumps, reduce energy usage by up to 70 percent. Heat pumps are more efficient than standard HVAC units in removing humidity, an important factor during summers in North Carolina. Because heat pumps heat and cool, you may not need a new furnace to save energy. The payback can be as short as five years depending on the system you choose.

Set Back the Thermostat

Programmable thermostats let you change temperatures according to the needs of your household. Setting the device back when you are away for extended periods of time or at night when you are asleep can save almost $200 a year on utility bills.

Bradham Brothers, Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning

Bradham Brothers, Inc. has served residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, and nearby communities since 1975. Our commitment to our customers is demonstrated by our pledge for 100-percent customer satisfaction. We offer a full range of heating and cooling services including new installations, scheduled repairs, emergency service and preventive maintenance.

Our technicians can recommend ways to save on heating and cooling costs. We take time to speak with you about your indoor comfort needs. For more information about how to stay cool while using less energy, call 704-323-8038 to talk to one of our technicians.