Summer Energy Savings Tips
As spring turns into summer, the weather warms, and it becomes more difficult to cool your home. Turning on your air conditioner alone won’t help you achieve the desired results in an efficient manner. In fact, it may be costing you more than you think.
There are a variety of things you can do around your home to stay cool on even the hottest days, and save energy too.
Your Windows Are Your Biggest Control Factor
Windows are our gateway to the world. They allow natural light in and enable us to see the beauty beyond our walls. They also allow airflow, which can reduce efficiency if not well controlled. On cool days or evenings, turn off your air conditioner and let cool breezes flow in. Use window coverings to control heat from seeping into your home on bright, sunny days. Upgrade to higher quality, more efficient windows. This can allow your window panes to work with the elements, keeping airflow where it should be.
Create Thermostat Efficiency
To create optimal efficiency in your home summer and winter, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Today’s thermostats also offer smart technology that allows you to control features through Internet access. But at a minimum, automating your thermostat will allow you to control the temperatures for when you are home, and for when you aren’t. Consider setting the temperature for as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperature, the lower your overall utility bill will be.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are designed to provide a gentle breeze, keeping you cooler in the process. They don’t provide cold air; they simply provide air movement which helps lower your body temperature. Yet on a milder day, it can make all the difference. Using a ceiling fan in conjunction with an air conditioner can help you raise the temperature by as much as 4 degrees without a change in comfort. This means an added saving in utility bill reduction too. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when no one is in the room; fans cool people, not the air. During the summer you want the fan to blow air straight down, so your ceiling fan needs to run in a counter clockwise direction (as you look up at it). The warmer it is, the higher the speed should be. During the winter, your fan should run at a low speed in a clockwise direction.
Keep Your HVAC System Running Efficiently
No matter what HVAC systems you have in your home for cooling – air conditioner, evaporative cooler, heat pump – it’s important to have them running at their optimal level. Regularly scheduled maintenance can ensure that everything is operating as designed. Technicians can warn you of potential problems, make suggestions for areas to improve. Replacing filters regularly is a part of the process. So is vacuuming registers to remove dust buildup. Ensure furniture or boxes aren’t blocking registers and vents. And by cleaning your ductwork regularly, you’ll ensure air flows through the system and into your home properly, without having to work overtime.