6 Easy Energy-Saving Tips for Summer
Making your home energy efficient is a concern all year round. But it becomes even more important during the summer, when we find ourselves running our air conditioners around the clock. Thankfully, the Bryant® experts at ComfortAire Heating Cooling Fireplaces can help. We’re sharing six of our best energy-saving tips for summer below–use them now to help you save energy and money (and call us when you’re ready for the last one on our list).
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
We all love that fresh blast of A/C when you walk into the house, but keeping the temperature set higher can go a long way in helping reduce your energy usage. Try to set your thermostat as close to the temperature outside as you can. The smaller the difference between these two temperatures, the lower your energy bill will be.
If you won’t be home, you don’t need to keep your home as cool, so adjust the temperature accordingly when you’re not around. A Wi-Fi or smart thermostat can help you stay on top of your home temperature both by letting you set it remotely and by scheduling temperature changes.
Finally, there’s no reason to blast your air at a low temperature right when you turn it on. This won’t cool down your home any faster and is an added expense that you don’t need.
2. Cover Your Windows
Hot sun shining through your windows can naturally increase the temperature of your home. So to cool things down, close the shades or curtains during the hottest hours of the day–or keep them closed all day if you aren’t home. You can also invest in window coverings specifically designed for this purpose.
3. Use Fans
Run surface and ceiling fans in place of or in addition to your air conditioning. Place them in front of open windows to maximize fresh air in the home. Then, for maximum efficiency, turn them off once you leave the room–while they provide cooling effects, they don’t actually bring down the overall temperature of the room, so turn them off if no one is around.
4. Take Advantage of Daylight Hours
Keeps lights off during the day. Not only will this save on energy costs, but it can also contribute to cooler temperatures in the home.
5. Keep Hot Air Out
Look around your home to make sure there aren’t any cracks or holes where warm air from outside can seep in. Learn about air sealing your home and caulking windows if there are open spaces that allow air inside.
6. Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Is Running Efficiently
Schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioner so you know it’s operating at maximum efficiency. By staying on top of routine service, you can avoid costly future repairs and ensure reasonable energy bills during the summer.
Is Your Air Conditioner Lacking Efficiency?
If you used our energy-saving tips for summer but your A/C still isn’t running as efficiently as it could be, don’t hesitate to call us in Wisconsin Rapids or in Stevens Point. We look forward to helping you keep your home cool this summer.