It’s been a long hot summer so far and the air conditioner has been running for many hours each day. But it can cost a lot of money to keep you and your family cool and comfortable. Fortunately, there are some other ways of cooling your house that may work for you.
Today, there are many companies that are offering ductless por mini split air conditioners. These systems include a condenser unit which is located outside the home, much like a traditional AC unit but smaller. The difference is that instead of one unit pumping cool air throughout the house, there are small wall mounted units in each room. This allows for separate cooling and temperature adjustment in each room which can save a lot in electricity costs. Cost of ductless systems range from $1,700 to $7,000 depending on the number of rooms and other factors.
Sometimes a simple window unit will make a big difference in your power bills. A window unit can effectively cool a single room or area of the house. One of the biggest advantages of a window unit is ease of installation. The cost of a window unit is also very low, usually $200 to $800.
An evaporative cooler may be an option. Often called swamp coolers, these units use water evaporation and a fan to produce a cool air stream that is blown into the house. These systems are ideal in dry climates but do not work well in more humid areas.
What is likely the cheapest option is a simple air-cooling fan. An air-cooling fan is a simple solution that may get you by from time to time. Not quite an alternative to a full-blown air conditioning system but can sometimes work when the temperatures are not so extreme.