The heat is on! Homeowners need a game plan on how to get around the high expenses of keeping their air conditioning systems running efficiently during the hot 90-degree days. Fortunately, there are many ways to lower energy costs and cure bill shock. Here are a few of them:
Seal the cracks up.
Don’t let that cool air sneak out your windows. Take a quick walk around your house and look for cracks, leaks and holes (windows and doors are often leaky.) Sign up with a local contractor for a home energy audit to understand which part of your home consumes the most energy. Adding weather stripping and beefing up your insulation are smart tricks to reduce your energy bills.
Invest in a programmable thermostat and (give it a little thought.)
Using a programmable thermostat is also a great way to reduce your energy costs this summer. But it doesn’t just end there! Don’t just simply flip the switch. Consider programming it according to your family’s summer schedule. For homeowners with a regular routine, it’s easy to program your thermostat to be warmer when you’re not at home and have it kick on when you’re out for some summer fun.
Choose Energy Star!
If you are ready to invest in a new air conditioner, we recommend you pick a product with the Energy Star label. Energy Star-rated room air conditioners consume around 15% less energy compared to its traditional counterparts. These top-of-the-line systems are designed to help homeowners reduce energy consumption and utility costs while effectively cooling indoor spaces.
Be a fan of fan!
When used with your air conditioning system, fans can be effective at lowering indoor temperature. In the summer, have your ceiling fans rotate counter-clockwise to push cool air down to the floor. Just don’t forget to turn the fan off when leaving the room as it doesn’t do any good when no one’s there to enjoy the breeze.
Did you know that minimizing the amount of indoor cooking helps in reducing your energy bills? That’s right! Cooking indoors suck up a lot of energy during the hot summer months. The solution is to grill outside or treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant.
It might surprise you how these little things can add up to your summer savings! If you need a cooling service this summer or you just need some additional energy-saving tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Fire & Ice HVAC.