Keep Cooler For Less With These Hot Tips!
With Spring here already and Summer right around the corner, we at R.S. Andrews are revving up for Atlanta air conditioning season! While working, we are constantly receiving questions on ways our customers can make their air conditioning systems as effective and efficient as possible.
Many of our customers have trouble keeping their homes as cool as they want them to be without cranking the AC up to levels that are much colder than they need to be and wind up increasing their energy bills far more than is necessary. We talked about saving money on your air conditioning earlier this week – here are some more tips for efficient, money saving cooling this summer!
Keep The Outside Out
While it may be tempting during the summer to draw back the blinds and let the sunshine in, doing so allows more heat to enter your home. We suggest closing the blinds of windows that are receiving the most direct sunlight at that time.
Also, keep that hot summer air outside where it belongs by making sure all the windows, doors, and ducts in your home are properly sealed. Even a little gap can let your cool air out and hot air in, driving up your energy costs.
Set The Timer
A fantastic and easy way to keep your home comfortable and save money is to install a programmable thermostat. You can set a programmable thermostat to turn the air conditioning up during the hours when no one is home, and then have lower it to your preferred temperature an hour or so before you come home. This is quickly becoming a very popular way to cut your energy costs.
Check Your Appliances
Your household appliances could be sabotaging your attempts to keep your home cool as well.
- When cooking, try to avoid using the stove or oven if it’s not necessary, since these tend to radiate heat through the whole room.
- With your clothes dryer, try to only run it at night when both inside and outside air temperatures are cooler.
- Instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle when you wash your dishes, save energy and water by allowing them to air dry instead.
- Televisions, computers, and other electronics produce a relatively small amount of heat individually. However, when multiple electronic appliances like these are on, enough heat can be produced to make a difference in your home temperature. Your best option to curb this is to unplug or turn them off when not in use.
Use Your Fans
Turning on your ceiling fans, or using smaller portable fans in occupied rooms, is a very easy way to save money during the summer. By moving air around fans can make you feel about three degrees cooler, even if the temperature of the room doesn’t drop.
In addition, running your ceiling fans is much cheaper than running your air conditioner. It is important to take note of which way the fans are set to spin – to cool the room, ceiling fans need to be blowing air downward instead of pulling it up (as you may have set them to do during winter months).
If you have any questions about your air conditioner’s operation, and how to get the most out of your system, give us a call today! Our expert air conditioning techs can recommend an approach that fits your needs, and can handle any air conditioning issue, whether it’s just advice you need or a full system tuneup or replacement installation.