Sky high energy bills can really put a damper on warm weather fun. Improving the efficiency of your cooling system and your habits can help you cut back your energy spend and save more money for the things you want and need. Stop paying for excessive energy consumption with these energy savings tips!
- Use the right thermostat settings to maximize efficiency. 78°F is the ideal summertime setting for energy savings while you’re home. When you’re gone, set back your thermostat 15 degrees higher to generate greater savings. If you have a programmable thermostat, use the settings to adjust back to occupied temperatures about 15 minutes before you come home to avoid returning to a hot house.
- Use your window coverings to your advantage. Homes have great heat gain from UV rays shining through windows – block them out by closing blinds face-up and pulling curtains during the day to keep your home cooler, reducing air conditioning use.
- Use cold water when you wash. 90% of the energy consumed while doing a load of laundry is spent heating the water. Hot water also adds heat to the home, increasing the load on your air conditioner.
- Keep doors and windows tightly closed. Remember when your parents used to yell, “I’m not trying to air condition the neighborhood!”? When your doors and windows are ajar warm air enters the house, forcing your AC to run more to keep your home cool.
- Use your ceiling fans. In the summer, your ceiling fans should be set to rotate counterclockwise. This pulls warm air up, keeping it near the ceiling and away from occupants down below. Fans are only useful if there are people in the room, so be sure to turn them off when you exit a room to save additional energy.
- Take shorter showers. Cutting down shower time both reduces heat brought into the home by hot water and reduces interior humidity. Always use your bathroom’s exhaust fan when showering to remove excess moisture that will make your home feel hotter.
- Use smarter lighting options. LED bulbs use less energy and emit 75% less heat compared to incandescent bulbs. They also last longer, making them both cost and energy efficient!
- Seal air leaks. Install weather stripping around doors and use caulk around window and door frames to prevent conditioned air from escaping your home.
- Change your furnace filters on a regular basis. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for frequency and check your filter monthly to see if it needs replaced early. Doing so improves airflow through the system and boosts air conditioner performance and efficiency.
For energy saving HVAC services such as preventative maintenance tune-ups, call All Service Heat and Air today!