How to Reduce Cooling Costs on the Farm

| 6/5/2019 9:44:00 AM

Holly WellesA  farmhouse comes with ample charm and coziness but, sometimes, you'd like your place to be a little cooler — temperature-wise, anyway. Summer can be uncomfortable in a drafty old home as heat easily makes its way inside the place you go to cool off. To counteract this, you might pump the air-conditioning, a method that works but can be pricey.


So, how can you have both — a stunning country homestead, but one that also stays cool without an exorbitant utility bill? Here are five ways to do it:

1. Upgrade Your Air-Conditioning Unit

You're thinking that this will be a big expense, and that's justifiable — but it's one that'll save you money in the long run. A newer, efficient air-conditioning unit will churn out more air while expending less energy. Start your search with appliances approved by Energy Star so you know that they'll use the least amount of power possible to keep your country home more comfortable than ever.

Once you've upgraded, check with your energy provider to see if they offer rebates for your purchase, as some companies want to provide incentives for their customers to use less. Your homestead can benefit from taking advantage of modern-day energy efficiency.

2. Close the Curtains

When you choose to live in the country, you want to gaze at your land. Chances are, your home has nice, big windows, and you love to keep them open and take in the outside landscape.

6/17/2019 6:30:57 PM

You forgot to mention to check your Insulation. Some if not many older homes have little or No insulation at all in some areas or through out the home. Yes, even some Newer homes can and do have have the same issue of having not enough insulation or even No insulation. So it pays to have your home checked by a professional to make sure your home has enough insulation. This can be done visually in some areas, other areas it can be done by a small camera, and generally can be done with an Infrared camera to see where heat loss is at.

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