Cooling Down

If you are looking at ways to cool down in the summer heat, energy efficient fans and air conditioning can certainly help. From inexpensive box fans to full central air installations, ENERGY STAR® options will help you save money and energy on your cooling needs, and you’ll be doing your part to help use our nation’s resources wisely.

Fans: Ceiling fans and portable fans blowing air onto you can help keep you cool, and if the outside temperature is cooler than inside, using fans in windows at night can cool your home very efficiently. See: http://www.energystar.gov/certified-products/detail/fans_ceiling for information on choosing energy efficient models.

Room Air Conditioners: Room air conditioners offer an easy, affordable way to cool smaller areas without the expense of a permanent installation. If you buy an ENERGY STAR model you’ll know you’re getting one that uses at least 15% less energy than conventional models.  See http://www.energystar.gov/certified-products/detail/air_conditioning_room for information about which models qualify and how much you can save.  For a limited time residential NH customers may be eligible to receive a $20 mail-in rebate from your electric utility to help with the cost of your purchase.

Central Air Conditioners: If your home has a forced hot air heating system, then adding a central AC may be an option. See http://www.energystar.gov/certified-products/detail/air_conditioning_central. Some models include heat pumps, which can efficiently handle heating needs as well as air conditioning. See details on these units at http://www.energystar.gov/certified-products/detail/heat_pumps_air_source.

Newer, Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps: This new cooling and heating technology can be installed in homes that don’t have existing duct work. These systems come in a wide variety of configurations and costs. They can efficiently handle both the heating and cooling needs of your home. See http://www.energystar.gov/certified-products/detail/ductless_heating_cooling for information on this technology.

In many cases your electric utility may offer incentives on efficient cooling units. Funding is limited so look into current offers at www.nhsaves.com before you make your purchase. Making energy efficient choices for your cooling needs mean lower operating costs for your budget. Your family and friends will be comfortable in your home, while you feel better about the cooling costs!