Reduce Your Air Conditioning Use
We’re one month away from the 4th of July, which means summer is only going to get hotter. While cranking your air conditioner may seem necessary to cool your home, there are other ways to stay comfortable and save money:
Do chores at night.
When you run your dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, or use your stove, you’re using energy and exerting heat. If possible, save these chores for after dusk, when it’s cooler outside.
Invest in curtains.
A good way to block out the sun’s heat is to invest in thick window curtains. You can find ones at the store that are specifically made to improve your energy efficiency or you could make your own – just remember to use them. (Especially when you’re not home.)
Replace an old HVAC unit.
If your air conditioner is 10 years old or older, it’s probably not running as efficiently as it should, which means that you’re using more energy than necessary. These days, there is a variety energy efficient air conditioners to help you save money and stay cool with minimal energy. Contact our HVAC service professionals for more information.
Change your light bulbs.
Traditional incandescent light bulbs give off a lot of heat, and if you have a lot of lights in your home, you may not realize that they may be making you turn up the air conditioning. Replace your incandescent bulbs with CFLs or halogen infrareds. You’ll not only keep your house cooler, you’ll also save money on your electricity bills.
Fans use far less energy than air conditioning, so use them whenever you can. Whether they’re ceiling fans, box fans, or handheld fans, you’ll feel cooler in no time. You can even use a fan in reverse to expel hot air out a window. Consider using one in your attic, since your attic retains heat.
Landscape for comfort.
Many people underestimate the power of shade from a tree. Plant tall, full trees or bushes in front of south-facing and west-facing windows in your home and you’ll block out the sun and lower your home’s temperature.
Like trees, window awnings can also block out the sun and provide shade to cool your home. Install them on west-facing and south-facing windows for the best results.