Keeping comfortable at home is a top reason why homeowners have to deal with high heating and air conditioning bills. This is especially true during the summer, when getting comfortable isn't as easy as wearing a sweater or wrapping up in a blanket. The following four tips provide effective ways to reduce your energy costs this summer:
Improving air flow inside the home can really make a difference in feeling cool and comfortable without having to touch the thermostat and run the air conditioner more often. Running a ceiling fan at night before going to bed can make it feel a few degrees cooler than it really is with only a negligible increase in electricity use.
Natural lighting is pleasant, but during the summer, all that light brings a significant amount of heat. The air conditioner then has to work harder to remove it. Use shades, blinds, curtains or any other method of reducing the amount of light that can enter the home, especially during peak sunlight hours around midday.
LED light bulbs produce almost no heat, and they're extremely efficient. CCFL bulbs produce a small amount of heat and are fairly efficient, but not as much so as LED bulbs. At the very least, CCFL bulbs aren't as bad as incandescent bulbs, which produce a large amount of heat. In fact, you could almost cook an egg on an incandescent bulb if you were so inclined!
An air conditioner will work at its best, from a performance and efficiency perspective, when it has proper maintenance. One of the best ways to ensure peak performance is to have it regularly inspected, at least once per year before the start of the summer season. Even if the air conditioner is working properly, it might still need its refrigerant topped off to get the coolest air possible; a maintenance visit will take care of this.
A heating and air conditioning system that runs on as little energy as possible is within your reach when you incorporate a few good tips and strategies. To discover more ways to help your HVAC system run optimally, contact our team at Jerry's Air Conditioning and Heating online.