28 Jun '16, 6pm

#TipTuesday Closing basement vents during cooling season helps save energy:

Cooling your home in the summer can use a lot of energy. According to a recent article in The Washington Post , air conditioning use in places such as China and India is booming, while in the United States, the habit of cranking up the AC continues unabated. But in a hot summer, cooling indoor spaces can seem indispensable to occupant health and comfort. How do you ensure that you are using your home's unit in a responsible manner? First steps Have an energy auditor test your home's envelope. Insulate and seal as well as you can. You may also want to check your air ducts for leakage and seal the ducts. Ask an installer to calculate your cooling load after the insulation. Once you have a good sense of the BTUs you will need, then you can shop for a new AC system, if necessary. The air conditioner's SEER rating is key: the higher, the better—16 SEER is good, 18 SEER is great...

Full article: http://www.greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/how-to-air...

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