As the temperature rises outside, your air conditioner works hard to keep your home comfortable. The harder your air conditioner works, the more you spend on cooling costs. Let’s talk tips on keeping cool this summer while lowering energy costs.
The best way to keep your home cool and your wallet happy is to create an environment that actually helps your air conditioner to function with greater ease.
Windows and Window Coverings
Windows are the biggest challenge to regulating the temperature of your home. Just by switching from single to double-pane, energy-efficient windows will provide insulation and lower the amount of heat radiating into the home.
Use white window coverings, blinds or shades on the south side of the home. White reflects the sun-light, resulting in decreased heat absorption. Your window coverings will stay cooler and not transmit as much heat into your home.
Most people tend to shut all the blinds and drapes to keep the heat out. Your home does not have to look like a cave if you use reflected light to brighten your home. Angle your blinds so that the incoming sunlight is reflected off of a white ceiling to brighten up the room. You will not only save money on cooling cost but you will save money on your light bill as well!
Setting Your Thermostat
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your summertime thermostat at 78 degrees F. By incorporating a thermostat into your cooling system, you can save approx 10% on your cooling bills.
Ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioners. Using a ceiling fan with your air conditioner can allow you to raise your thermostat another 4 to 5 degrees F while remaining comfortable. The ceiling fan creates a wind chill, keeping you cool and your air conditioner happy because it has to work less to keep you comfortable.
Using your home’s environment is a great way to help your air conditioner to do its job with greater ease. The HVAC professionals at Fesmire Heating and Air Conditioning are available to address any of your cooling needs this summer.
In addition, there is one more tip we would like to add.
One of the most cost-effective tips on keeping cool this summer is to schedule regular, annual maintenance check-ups for your air conditioning unit. A unit that is well maintained is much more efficient in cooling your home and saving you expensive repair bills. Give us a call!