All about summer energy savings
Now that summer is in full swing, chances are that your air conditioner is working around the clock to keep your living space nice and cool. And while that is precisely what it’s supposed to be doing, we know as well as anyone that the costs can begin to pile up, leaving you with a pretty hefty bill at the end of the month.
Today, we’re going to share out some tips as to how you can cut down on that energy bill this summer and be a little bit more efficient with your energy use.
Ceiling fans are your friend
Not only do ceiling fans help circulate cool air around your home and prevent warm air from settling in; ceiling fans can also save you money by allowing you to run you’re a/c at a slightly higher temperature than normal and still feel comfortable in your house. Don’t run them continuously, but when you’re in the room, feel free to flick ‘em on and let them run.
Get smart and invest in a smart thermostat
The great things about smart thermostats is that they can save you a boatload of money in a relatively short period of time with little investment. Smart Thermostats are not all that expensive and can allow you to adjust temperatures automatically – which can lead to almost immediate savings. This means that when you’re at work for the day, it’ll reduce the amount of time your system is running in your home. Long story, short- you won’t have to worry about paying your AC unit overtime!
Check your vents
You’d be surprised to learn how seemingly minor obstructions can really tax your ventilation system and cost you more money. Make sure you check your ventilation to make sure there’s nothing inside them, that there aren’t major outside forces blocking them (like furniture, for example) and causing them to work overtime. Even a partially covered vent can work as much as 20% more, so make sure you do your walkthrough.
Avoid using large appliances during the day
This might seem a little odd at first, but it’s important. You’d be surprised at how much heat things like dryers, dishwashers and washers can give off during the day. That’s all heat that can make a space warmer and make you’re air conditioner work harder to cool a certain space. Avoid using them during the day as you’re a/c is already working hard. When it cools down at night – that’s the more efficient time to use them.
And finally, make sure you’re fixing minor issues while they’re still minor! You’d be surprised at how many catastrophic issues get that way because someone decided to ignore something minor that ballooned from no big deal to a huge one quickly. Stay on top of your maintenance and save yourself of that large, unplanned for expense!
If you’ve got an a/c system that isn’t prepared to take on the hottest days of the year, give us a call today and we’ll come and give you a free consultation. Gold luck!