Energy Saving Tips for the Cooling Season
Summer's here and it's not leaving any time soon. As the outdoor temperature gets higher and higher, so might your energy bill.
Cooling your home can be quite expensive, but if done properly, it doesn't have to break the bank.
Below are some tips on how to save energy and money while still keeping your home cool and comfortable.
1.) Change your filters
Dirty, clogged, or blocked air filters limit precious air flow through vents and ducting. This will cause your air conditioning system to run for a longer time and try to work harder than necessary to cool your space, increasing energy usage and wasting money. It is recommended, especially during the summer when these systems are working the hardest, to clean or replace your filters regularly to maximize performance. For specialty filters or if you haven’t yet had your annual air conditioning maintenance, call TAG Mechanical today!
2.) Install a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is the easiest way to save energy without burdening yourself in the process. TAG Mechanical is an authorized NEST installer, which allows your air conditioning system to shut itself down or operate at lower performance levels during hours that you might not be home. There's no point in your system working hard to cool a space that's not being used.
3.) Check Your Insulation
In certain areas, high humidity is a big part of the summertime and high moisture levels can cause discomfort and even health risks if not appropriately handled. A lower humidity level in your residence can provide increased comfort, lower risk of serious health issues, and even lower utility bills. Your air conditioning system is designed to remove moisture from the air and decrease humidity levels, but getting a free home energy audit from TAG Mechanical can help point out areas where you may need insulation added to maximize your comfort levels. This will allow your forced-air system to do its job more efficiently allowing it to solely focus on cooling the house and save energy in the long run.
4.) Prevent leaks
Seal any cracks and openings around windows, walls, and doorways to prevent warm air from leaking into your residence from outside. Use caulk or other weather-stripping materials to fix any air leaks that may be present. Areas where a high possibility of leaks may exist are doorways, leaky windows, along floorboards, and areas with attic access.
5.) Use Fans Wisely
Ceiling fans are a great way to circulate the cool air that is being distributed by your air conditioning system. However, keep in mind that fans cool you down because of the wind they provide – they do not actually lower the temperature of the space. Therefore, be sure to turn off all fans when leaving a room to save electricity. Are you looking to replace an old fan or maybe add a new one to a room? Call TAG Mechanical today to schedule a free estimate!
6.) Close Off Unused Areas
Make sure to close off any spaces that you won't be spending much or any time in, such as unused bedrooms or storage closets. Closing the doors to these rooms is an extremely easy way to efficiently utilize the cool air being distributed by your air conditioning system and not waste it on unused space. Doing so allows your space to reach a desirable temperature faster and makes it easier on your A/C, saving energy and money.
7.) Arrange Electronics Appropriately
Avoid placing appliances or electronics near your thermostat, as it will sense the heat that is given off by these machines. This will cause your air conditioning system to think the temperature of the room is higher than it actually is and work harder than necessary to cool the space. This especially applies to lighting, so try not to place lamps close to the thermostat due to the large amount of heat that they give off when turned on. In general, do your best to keep appliances or electronics off when possible to avoid adding unnecessary heat to your home.
8.) Use Your Windows & Blinds
If the outside temperature in your region reaches a comfortably cool level at night, consider turning off your air conditioning system and opening some windows before you go to bed. Then, when you wake up in the morning, close the windows to capture the cool air and keep it inside. Additionally, if possible, close your blinds during the day to keep the sunlight out. This will help to keep the overall temperature down.
9.) Schedule Maintenance NOW
It is always a good idea to have your cooling equipment checked out yearly, especially before mid-summer, the most extreme time of the year when it will be working its hardest. If there are any problems, it is best to find out about them before you are completely reliant on your system and may have to temporarily live without it while it gets fixed. It also will be easier to schedule an appointment with one of our certified service technicians before it becomes the busiest time of the season. Schedule an appointment with TAG Mechanical now before a costly breakdown of your equipment occurs.