Plan Now To Prevent High Utility Bills This Summer
Summertime here in Atlanta can really turn up the heat. It feels good to step into a home filled with cooled, conditioned air. Yet the utility bills that show up a month later can have you reaching for the thermostat not to control the temperatures, but to control the costs.
What do you do to enjoy a cool home and control costs too?
Use your Thermostat The Right Way
A good rule of thumb is to set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer while you’re at home, and raise it by 10 degrees when you’re away.
What if you forget? A programmable thermostat can take care of that. Most of us live on a schedule, one you can easily program. With most, you can change your requests for every day of the week. With some, you can even control them remotely via the Internet. So if there is ever a change to your work schedule – you’re coming home early or staying late – just login and set the desired temperature before you arrive home. The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 15 percent on your cooling bills by raising your temperatures while you are away.
Invest In Fans
Does 78 still sound pretty warm to you? There’s another way to bring down the temperatures. That’s where home ceiling fans can save the day.
First of all, ceiling fans are a lot less expensive to run than your AC unit.
Fans also create a wind chill effect that makes your body think it’s cooler than the actual room temperature. In most cases, you can turn your thermostat up 4 degrees without noticing a difference in the temperature.
And ceiling fans are so beautiful, you’ll find the perfect selection for every room in your home. We can help you install them in no time flat.
Learn How To Control Your Vents, Doors, and Windows
Love the warm sunshine that streams into your home on cold winter days? That sunshine can really warm up your home during the summer. Pull the drapes back and open up the shades in the winter. Cover your windows and draw the blinds during the heat of the day. It will leave the cool air inside your home without warming it up from the elements outside.
Also, keep your supply vents open. Some people think shutting them in rooms they don’t frequent helps control costs. However, the opposite effect is true. This process makes your AC work harder due to increased pressure in the ductwork.
And if it cools off at night, opening your windows is an easy way to let colder air in without paying a dime.
Schedule AC Maintenance Now
Getting a yearly checkup can help reduce your monthly energy bills by as much as 15 percent. And if you do it now before the heat of the summer arrives, you won’t be put on a waiting list for the first available appointment.
Poor maintenance makes your AC unit run less efficiently. It’s more likely to give you problems and possibly die before its time.
Regular maintenance ensures your system’s refrigerant levels are at optimal levels, filters are clean, motors are running as they should, and all other essential parts are operating effectively.
And when you start out the season in optimal mode, it means your AC will be working as it should when you reach peak demand.