Beat The Heat With These 5 Energy Saving Tips for Summer
With summer starting, it is time to start thinking of ways to beat the heat and stay cool in the comfort of your home. With the rise in temperatures, there can also be a rise in energy usage. Take advantage of energy saving tips for this summer.
At Applegate Home Comfort, our goal is to give our customers quality air conditioning services as well as tips and tricks to save money on cooling costs. We want you to get more for less, so check out these ways to stay cool in the summer months.
Get More For Less
At Applegate Home Comfort we believe in giving our customers more for less. We invest in quality units so that you won’t have to pay for costly repairs over the years, saving you money, and keeping your home cool.
While our appliances do more for less, you can also help keep costs low by practicing energy saving techniques in your own home. Cooling your home with fans is one supplementary way to keep cool in early summer and fall without running your air conditioner.
While fans do not replace air conditioning, it allows you to run your unit at a lower level, and then use both ceiling fans or standing ones to continue to circulate the air keeping it cool. Plus, running fans frequently does little to your energy bill!
Another energy saving technique that doesn’t compromise staying cooling is controlling your water heater temperatures. Water heating can account for up to 18% of your homes overall energy consumption, even during the warm summer months. By turning down the temperature of your water heater in the summer, you will save energy that can be used to run your AC unit.
Use What You Have
In addition to getting more for less, you can also learn home ventilation strategies to use what you already have for summer cooling. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of your windows.
Windows can let cool air into our home, as well as block heat from entering. One way to do this is to turn your air conditioning off at night and use windows to bring in cool night air. Then in the morning, shut the windows to trap the cool air in and keep the warm daytime air out.
Additionally, shutting your blinds will keep the sunlight from warming up the rooms throughout the day. You can also inquire with Applegate Home Care about other features such as heat blocking blinds to assist in keeping cool air in and the heat out.
If your home has a basement or crawl space, it can seem cooler downstairs or in the crawl space, but often this is because hot air is being transferred into your home.
Crawl spaces trap moisture that seeps through the concrete, so keeping these areas properly vented and dehumidified not only saves your home from mold, but also keeps your house cool.
Use Energy Efficient Products
Other options for keeping your home cool during the summer include investing in programmable thermostats. These systems allow you to put your home cooling system on a timer, while some can even be linked to a mobile device for control when you’re away from home.
One of the more popular programmable thermostats is Nest, an interactive touch screen option that connects to your smartphone. Nest allows you to start cooling your home on your drive home, so you can relax in a cool home without running your unit all day.
If you are not looking to switch thermostats, here are some tips to saving on energy with your current one:
- Set thermostat as high as comfortably possible, the closer to outdoor temperatures the lower the cooling bill.
- Don’t run your AC when you are gone
- When in your home don’t run your AC cooler than normal, utilize fans and windows to circulate the air
Keep Hot Air Out
In addition to practicing the tips above, you should also ensure your home doesn’t have any air leaks. These could occur near windows or within your attic or crawl space, and allow the cooled air in your home to escape. Of course, they can have the opposite effect come winter time. Finding out if you have any air leaks in your home should go hand in hand with making sure your home is sealed properly.
Once a leak has been discovered, it is easy to seal those areas. Doors and windows tend to be the most common areas for leaks, with simple solutions such as weatherstripping and caulking.Something as simple as re-caulking your windows can save you from the heat and high-energy bills.
Another way to ensure a cool home and low energy bill is to maintain your air conditioning unit all year round. It is never too soon to prepare your AC for summer, as regular maintenance will allow any issues to be caught and repaired before you need to use your unit.
You will save money by making small repairs, before entire units have to be replaced due to damage. You can help care from your unit by avoiding paves lamps or tv sets near your thermostat. When heated items are close by it is often that your thermostat senses the heat and runs when it is not needed.
Contact Applegate Home Comfort Today!
If you are interested in learning more about these energy saving tips or want to get a head start on your AC maintenance contact us today!
You can call our Okemos, MI office at 517-337-7700 and start staying cool for the summer.