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Weather Talk: Tips to save money while using your A/C

The next four to five weeks are typically the hottest of the year in our region, so air conditioners will be running a lot of the time, which is expensive. Fortunately, our summers are relatively short.

People in Florida, Texas and Arizona pay much more per year to keep their homes cool in summer than we do to heat our homes in winter.

There are a few things you can do to reduce the cost of running an air conditioner. You can set the thermostat warmer when no one is home.

Another great tip is to use your curtains or blinds to eliminate any direct sunshine. The sun's rays are very good at heating up solid objects inside your sunny windows. The floor gets hot and that heat is transferred to the inside air, making your A/C work a lot harder.

Finally, use fans. Ceiling fans or any sort of fan that moves air around will make your room more comfortable at a higher temperature, and it costs a lot less to run a fan than your air conditioner.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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