The fireplace and furnace are beginning to gather dust and the grilling season is going strong. You may have noticed that when the temperature rises in the spring and summer, so does your energy bills. Air conditioning units are the main culprits of the spike in energy use. With the following tips you’ll be able to stay cool in the heat while keeping energy costs down.
- Replace your Air Filters.
Air filters should be changed monthly to continue effective system performance. A dirty air conditioner can reduce air flow, which forces the unit to use more energy in order to pump cool air throughout your home. Dirty air filters can also be a health concern.
- Replace Your Old Air Conditioning Unit
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it is time to invest in a newer and more energy-efficient model. Many of the Carrier Residential air quality systems have Energy Star ratings, which can use up to 50 percent less energy than other systems.
- Keep your Window Blinds Drawn
Windows, especially those that let a lot of sunlight in, work against your air conditioning unit and can turn your home into a stove! To maintain a lower temperature in your home, purchase and install blinds or curtains for the windows that get the most sun. This will block much of the heat coming from the sunlight.
- Purchase a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to control your HVAC unit, even if you aren’t home. Match your thermostat to your schedule by setting a lower temperature while you’re at home and a higher temperature when you’re at work or on vacation. Also, keep in mind that the lower you set your thermostat temperature, the harder the air conditioning unit must work. This also expends more energy. Many people choose to keep their HVAC around 72 degrees during the summer, but you may find that 78 degrees is just low enough to keep you cool.
- Think about gravity.
Remember, heat rises. During the summer months, the hot air in your home will rise to the ceiling or second story. A fan can be an excellent way to help circulate the warm air. Both ceiling fans and standing fans will be beneficial to maintaining a cooler environment for your family. This will also help your home maintain an even temperature and help your air conditioning unit work less.
All Points Heating & Cooling
As the weather heats up, following these tips will ensure energy-efficiency and comfort in your home. This means saving you money that could be used on an outdoor living area remodel or a new BBQ. Whatever your plans are for your home this summer, our experts at All Points Heating & Cooling can assist you with everything from a new HVAC or home power generator system to 24/7 maintenance and repairs. All Points Heating and Horeco strive to be your top choice in both residential and commercial heating and cooling systems.
Don’t suffer through the summer without an air conditioning unit- call or email us today!
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Top Summer Energy-Efficient HVAC Tips for Seattle Area
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