Save energy in summer with these cool tips
During the warmest months of the year, you may reach the point where all you want is some cool relief no matter the cost. Before that happens this summer, get prepared with an arsenal of simple strategies to help your air conditioning system work more efficiently so you can keep your cool when the energy bill arrives.
Preparation is the Best Defense Against Energy Waste
Early in the spring, schedule a maintenance visit from your HVAC service company. Over the winter, dust and debris can collect on the coils, fins and filter of your AC unit, causing a predictable decline in its efficiency, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency. It is a simple matter to replace the filter yourself, but maintaining the interior parts and checking for potential problems are best left to qualified technicians. As a regular maintenance customer, you may even enjoy such benefits as repair discounts and/or priority emergency services. Just check with your HVAC company.
Besides keeping the cooling system itself in top condition, pay attention to the surrounding environment. Ill-fitting windows and doors work at cross-purposes with your air conditioner. They let cooled air out and warm air in, so be sure to fix any leaks before it’s time to crank up your cooling equipment. Caulk, weather stripping, window replacement and extra insulation go a long way toward significant energy savings.
Simple Tricks for Staying Comfortable
Speaking of windows, you can incorporate them into your energy savings strategy too. If you live in a climate that cools off at night, open your windows at bedtime to stay cool and enjoy some fresh air. Be sure to adjust your thermostat to give your cooling system a break at night. Another good energy-saving habit is covering your closed windows during the heat of the day with light-blocking curtains that fend off solar rays.
Managing Your Programmable Thermostat
If you aren’t an expert at programming your thermostat to maximize energy efficiency, ask your HVAC tech to help during your annual a/c maintenance visit. When programming your thermostat for the summer months:
- Set your thermostat as high as your family can comfortably tolerate.
- Set it higher during the times when you are normally not at home.
- Don’t try to cool your home more quickly by setting the thermostat lower because it is inefficient.
- Make sure your thermostat is located away from direct sunlight, windows, doors and drafts.
- Move obstructions to natural air flow, such as large furnishings, away from the thermostat.
Dupuis Energy of Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts Can Help
Contact us at Dupuis Energy today to get more smart energy savings tips plus HVAC installation, maintenance and repair. We help your family stay comfortable in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts with efficient ideas that keep your energy usage under control.