Homes with 12-foot ceilings are popular as they make rooms look spacious and beautiful. But how does this added height affect the efficiency of your air conditioner? Unfortunately, having higher ceilings means that you will pay more to cool your home, but there are a few ways to mitigate this expense.
Why Do Houses With 12-Foot Ceilings Cost More to Cool?
Rooms with 12-foot ceilings instead of 8-foot ceilings take up more space, meaning more cubic feet of air is required to cool them. This causes your AC system to work harder and rack up a higher electric bill. If you’re in the market for a new AC, make sure the HVAC company installing it takes account of the ceiling height in each room. If the installers are only going by square footage, they won’t recommend an air conditioner that is the right size for your home.
At Baker Heating & Cooling, we always ask about ceiling height to make sure you’re getting the right size of AC system for your home. We’ve been providing fast and friendly service in the Surprise area since 2007. Here is what we recommend for getting the most out of your AC unit and lowering your energy bill.
Use Ceiling Fans
Having this type of fan in rooms with higher ceilings helps improve air circulation. In the summer, make sure the fan’s blades are running counterclockwise. This will push air downward so that the room feels cooler.
Use Window Coverings
Blinds or curtains can keep the sun from shining into your room as sunlight will increase the room’s temperature. Blackout curtains work best for blocking the sun’s light and heat.
Open Windows at Night
Take advantage of lower temperatures in the evening by opening windows, which will let hot air flow out of your home while cool air flows in.
Install a Whole-House Fan
In addition to ceiling fans, you can have an HVAC company install a whole-house fan in your attic. This is another way to force hot air out and reduce the need for air conditioning.