The longer days and warmer weather of summer are a welcome relief from the winter cold until it starts getting hot and your utility bills go up as you crank up the air. If you follow these tips, you can still keep your cool and lower your energy bills at the same time.
Bring in the Cool
When the weather turns cooler in the early morning and late at night, take advantage of this natural air-conditioning. Open your curtains, windows and doors so the colder air can enter your home. When openings are located on opposite walls across a room, you create cross ventilation. Putting fans near the windows and switching on your ceiling fans can help circulate the refreshing air.
Protect Against the Heat
When it starts getting warmer outside, shut windows and doors to preserve the cold inside the home and prevent the heat from entering. Install curtains or blinds with exteriors that reflect heat and keep them drawn when it gets hot. If you have windows that are constantly exposed to the sun, consider installing awnings or plant trees or other natural shade in front of them to lower their temperatures.
You may be surprised how much difference just a bit of air conditioning can make to your comfort. Try setting your AC thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 72 degrees. When returning to a hot house, turning down the setting to lower than normal won’t cool the house any faster and will just cost you more money. Your showers don’t need to be as hot in the summer as they do in the winter either. So lower your water heater temperature by a few degrees.
Minimize Appliance Use
Appliances like stoves, dryers and dishwashers can generate plenty of heat by themselves. Try confining their use in the evening when it’s cooler. During the day, wash dishes by hand, rely on the microwave or outdoor grill for cooking and hang your clothes out in the sun to dry. Even efficient high-tech devices like computers and TVs can generate heat. Make sure they’re turned off and unplugged when they’re not in use. Even when they’re off, equipment that is plugged in use trace amounts of energy and can generate some heat.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
When you do use your cooling systems, you want them working at their best. Before turning them on for the season, schedule routine maintenance and cleaning with Buckeye Heating and Cooling. Our techs can ensure that your ducts and vents are clean so that air flows freely, your thermostats are accurate and efficient, and that your equipment is functioning at top efficiency. Call us for a free estimate and consider joining our USA Loyalty Program for discounts and twice-a-year tune-ups for your climate control system.