When temperatures soar in the summer, sales of air-conditioning units also tend to rocket - followed closely by household electricity bills.
But, says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, homeowners don't have to get hot and bothered over this issue.
Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he says they can keep aircon operating costs down in the following ways:
"And remember," says Everitt, "proper home insulation can cut more than 10 percent a year off your energy bills, since it not only stops the loss of cool air in summer but of even more expensive heat in winter."
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