How Atlanta Weather Impacts Energy Usage
Most people dread spikes in the weather. A sudden heat wave or a quick drop in temperature can wreak havoc on how you feel.
It can also impact your energy costs.
Those sudden changes can stress your heating and cooling system by pushing it to its capacity. When temperatures change drastically in a short period of time, it kicks into overtime to compensate for the change. It impacts how efficient your equipment operates. It impacts your comfort levels. It also impacts your equipment’s longevity.
When temperatures climb twenty, thirty or more temperatures quickly, your cooling system moves into high gear. It turns on more. It runs longer. It also impacts the grid, while every home and commercial property around you experiences the same thing. To compensate for the change in weather, make sure your ACs fan setting is turned to auto. Bump the temperature up a few degrees if you’re leaving for any length of time.
What happens during a cold spell?
When temperatures drop, you automatically feel the cold rushing in through cracks and leaks. Heat rises. That can make your home inefficient, especially if you have great rooms with vaulted ceilings. You also are more at risk of snow and ice breaking power lines and worsening grid problems. Your best solution is to ensure your home is well insulated, and that your heating equipment is as efficient as possible. Consider adding ceiling fans to help move warm air back down to your living quarters.
Studies show that around 60 percent of the energy you use in your home is for heating and cooling needs. Even minor changes in the weather can impact that greatly. Make sure you:
- Change out your air filter regularly
- Seal all air leaks around doors, windows, ducts, outlets, and chimneys
- Add additional insulation
- Upgrade to a programmable thermostat
- Have your HVAC system professionally maintained each year
Is your heating and cooling system as efficient as it can be?