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These tough economic times call for trimming
budgets, and finding ways to decrease energy use may help bring your budget
under control. You may also want to check with your condo
insurance in California agent to make sure you have a
cost-efficient policy, giving you the financial protection you need at the
US Energy Information Administration research
has shown that in the last 20 years, central air conditioning has been
installed in 85% of US living spaces. Much of the rise in air conditioned
spaces can be attributed to significant numbers of Americans migrating to the
warmer southern and western states. Another major cause of increased energy use
is the trend toward larger living spaces, which means there is more square
footage to cool during the summer months.
There are alternative ways to cool your condo
and cut back on air conditioning use. Ceiling, box and oscillating fans cost
considerably less to run than air conditioners. Installing blinds in your
windows, and keeping them closed during the hottest times of the day, may keep
your condo cooler by keeping the sun from shining in the windows.
It may be wise to read your lease carefully
to determine your responsibility and your condo association’s responsibility
regarding air conditioner repair and maintenance. It is also important to make
sure what coverage you are responsible for when you purchase your condo insurance in California policy.