How to upgrade your house to stay cool without the air conditioning
The most important tip for keeping your house cool without air conditioning is to get the right kind of air conditioner, according to a new report from the Energy Department.
“This is a major part of the energy-saving process,” said John Huggins, the agency’s acting administrator.
The report says homeowners who get the kind of premium-rate air conditioning units they need to stay warm should buy them at the same price they get from their utilities, and that these air conditioning prices should be based on the amount of energy savings the product will generate.
“It’s a huge, huge step toward having a cool home,” Huggs said.
But he said the new air conditioners will still need to be installed at the right places, and it won’t be easy.
Huggins said the EPA’s new guidelines would be helpful to anyone trying to save money by replacing their existing air conditioning with air conditioning at the least expensive places in their home, like their kitchens.
“In general, if you are going to have to do something like replace your air conditioning unit, you’ll want to do it at the cheapest place you can, and you will need to get a really good air condition unit to do that,” Huggleins said.
“And so the cost of a good air conditioning system is going to be much lower than a cheap one, and so it makes sense to get that one as close to the cheapest as you can get.”
The Energy Department’s new air conditioning guidelines say the best way to make sure you get the most energy-efficient air condition system for your home is to go to the least-expensive place you have to go.
They also recommend that if you have a lot of guests or pets, you should install a more energy-hungry system.
“The cost of the system that’s going to provide the greatest benefit for the occupants of your home, including for you, is going have to be a very high percentage of what you’re paying for the system itself,” Hugsins said, adding that this can be a factor for many of his recommendations.
“If you have one that’s a lot more expensive, then you’re going to need to go elsewhere to get more of that system.
And that’s not necessarily the case with other air condition units.”
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