A huge part of summer life is establishing ways of staying cool while decreasing costs. However, establishing how to decrease electricity bills during summer can be hard, particularly during the hottest temperatures.
One of the most apparent ways of staying cool during summer is through air conditioning systems. However, air conditioning could get costly. What you want to do is enhance air flow to move cool air in your home. This will keep your home cooler and help decrease energy costs.
If you're wondering how to decrease your bills and optimize your home's cooling simultaneously, consider these tips.
Clean and unblock vents
Air from your heating and cooling systems flows via furnace vents, so if furniture or debris blocks these vents, they won't permit air optimally into your home. Go around your home and examine all vents to ensure they're free of debris and obstructions. It's also important you vacuum registers regularly to eliminate any dust accumulation.
Replace or clean air filter
Your HVAC system's air filter prevents pollutants and dust from entering the unit. However, a dirty filter decreases airflow and your unit's efficiency. Ensure you clean the air filter monthly to ensure your unit operates to its fullest capacity.
Once every season, you should substitute the old filter with a new one. Substituting a dirty, blocked filter with a clean one could decrease your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5%-15%.
The easiest ways of saving money and making your HVAC unit more effective is upgrading to a smart thermostat. These days, you can find devices such as Nest, which control your AC's activity intelligently. They do so by using motion sensors to detect your presence and alter the AC run time accordingly.
These smart devices even factor local weather. In turn, your unit will be more effective. Actually, the U.S. Department of Energy
states that an effectively controlled thermostat could save you as much as 10% annually on cooling and heating costs.
Choose the right cooling system
During summer, air conditioning can account for 37% of energy use. Therefore, it can be difficult to maintain comfort while lowering costs. Fortunately, we have a wide range of quality air conditioning systems for homes
. Generally, if you have a forced-air system for heating, including air conditioning will be the most effective choice from an operational perspective. It will add some value to your home as well.
Close off additional Rooms
To decrease wasted air, close the doors to rooms that don't require immediate heat or cooling. By decreasing the number of rooms being conditioned, you'll prevent your unit from overworking. Ensure doors like the basement produce a seal when shut.
Doors to the outside could also shift conditioned air outside. You should also consider shutting doors when they aren't in use.
Switch on Fans
Fans are an excellent way of getting air to circulate in your home. When merged with open windows, they can work to enhance natural airflow. The most efficient type is window fans, which are huge. Moreover, they function along with an open window, so there's a combination effect of the fan and open window.
Since they're at the top of a home, attics trap hot moist air, particularly in summer. That air could warm the house and damage the attic floors, ceilings beneath the attic, and walls in your home. An attic fan sucks the hot, stagnant air from the attic and home. Consequently, this cools your entire home while alleviating it of possibly harmful air.
Check for AC Efficiency
We recommend you contact our professionals to clean and check your home air conditioning systems annually. If your unit is over 15 years old, we recommend you replace it with one of our newer, more energy-efficient units.
Bear in mind that a new system can decrease your energy expenses considerably, particularly if the current equipment is in poor condition. We'll examine your ductwork for dirt streams, particularly near seams on your existing system. They signify air leaks and sealing needs to take place.
We also recommend you keep yard debris away from the external compressor of your AC unit and trim nearby bushes.
In homes with forced-air cooling and heating systems, ducts work to distribute conditioned air throughout the home. According to studies, up to 30% of the air that circulates through ducts is lost through holes and leaks in the ducts. This implies you're wasting energy, so examine the air ducts for leakage. Fortunately, we can repair ductwork, so don't hesitate to contact us.
Your AC works hard to offer cool, dry air. In some areas like Texas, these units have to work double to battle the heat. Fortunately, these simple tips will help you optimize cooling in your home and decrease costs.