Summer is in full swing and you likely have your HVAC system cranked up high. You want to give your family a cool place to escape to when the sun is high and brutal. However, this will cause your energy bills to rise as well. You don’t want to spend all of your hard-earned money simply paying for cool air. You want to have some left over for fun summer activities. Meade HVAC is here to help you accomplish your summertime energy-saving goals with these 11 tips to lower your energy usage.
Check Your Air Conditioning
Your HVAC system accounts for one of the largest, if not the largest, portion of your energy bills. It takes a lot of energy to cool an entire home. With this in mind, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible. This way, you can keep your energy bills as low as possible and not pay for wasted energy. The best way to accomplish this is by scheduling preventative maintenance two times per year from Meade HVAC. We will inspect, clean, and make any necessary adjustments to your air conditioner to ensure it is running at top efficiency.
Replace Your Air Filter
One of the most important tasks you can perform is changing your filter. The standard 1” filter should be replaced every month. Some higher-quality filters can last longer without needing cleaning or replacing, but it does not hurt to check things out on a monthly basis anyway. This way, you can notice small problems before they become major problems. Changing your filter will help ensure proper airflow with your HVAC system and prevent dirt from damaging other parts of your system.
Opt for LED Light Bulbs
LED stands for light-emitting diode. LED light bulbs are today’s most energy-efficient bulbs. Many models also offer dimming and color options that are fun and convenient. They allow you to better customize the lighting in your home all while saving you money. Most models are also easy to use. In addition to choosing LED light bulbs, be sure to turn your lights off when you are not using them. You may also want to consider motion-sensor systems that automatically turn on and off when you enter and leave the room.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
When the summer heat is brutal, it is very tempting to set your thermostat to a much lower temperature. Yet, it is important to remember that even just a few degrees can impact how much energy your HVAC system uses. It is best to leave your thermostat at the highest temperature you are willing to tolerate in the summer. Doing so can save you significantly. You may also want to consider a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat. These thermostats allow you to create a schedule for your HVAC system to follow. You can allow your home to get a bit hotter during the day and have it return to your preferred temperature when you get home. This can also save you a significant amount on your energy bills.
Use Fans With Your A/C
If your home feels hot and stuffy, fans can help promote airflow in your home. While fans can’t affect the temperature, they can help you feel a little cooler by pushing the sweat off of your skin. If you have a ceiling fan, be sure that it spins counter-clockwise in the summer. This will push air downward to provide a windchill effect that will help you and your family feel cooler.
Close Your Blinds
The sun can play a large part in adding heat to your home as well. This is beneficial in the winter but can create more work for your air conditioner in the summer. Help counteract the effects of the sun by closing your blinds. Curtains can also help insulate your home. Be sure to choose light colors and fabrics. According to the Department of Energy, “Studies have found that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by 33 percent.” You will want to pay particular attention to south-facing and west-facing windows as this is the direction the sun crosses the sky.
Get an Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier
Temperature is not the only factor that accounts for how comfortable you feel. High humidity can make you feel hot and sticky. This is because it makes it more difficult for sweat to evaporate off of your skin. If your home feels hot and sticky, Meade recommends that you invest in an energy-efficient dehumidifier. Our trained professionals can help you choose the best model for your home and family. Then we will also carefully install it for you. Investing in a dehumidifier can also reduce the potential for the development of mold and mildew in your home. This way, you can protect your walls and furniture. It can also help reduce dust and other allergens that may be affecting your family.
Avoid the Oven
In addition to the sun, your oven can also add unnecessary heat to your home. Try to limit the use of your oven as much as possible during the summer. Instead, grill outside or go out to eat. If you do use your oven, do as much prep work as you can before preheating the oven. Then put your dish in as soon as the oven is ready and turn it off as soon as you are done. Limit how much the door is open as well.
Making smart choices when doing your wash can also help you save on your energy bills. Here are some smart tips to help you save.
- Use cold water.
- Only do full loads of laundry.
- Hang your clothing outside to dry.
- Be sure to clean the lint trap.
- Get your dryer vent serviced.
Using cold water can give your water heater a break and save you a significant amount over time. Hanging your clothing outside uses natural energy from the sun and saves electricity that your dryer would have used. Keeping your washer clean and well-maintained will also help maximize efficiency.
If You Aren’t Using It, Unplug It
Look around your home. Are there any electronics that may be adding up on your energy bills? If so, unplug them. While some electronics and appliances are difficult to unplug, you may be able to find a few appliances here and there that you can unplug to save a bit of energy. For instance coffee makers, microwaves, toasters, chargers, entertainment systems. Many of these appliances have clocks and could be constantly using energy just to show you the time. If you don’t need them to tell you the time, save some energy by unplugging them.
Seal Your Home
If your home isn’t sealed, you may have air leaks around your home. This is especially common around doors and windows. You pay for the energy to cool your home, you don’t want it to go to waste. You can help prevent wasted energy by sealing the cracks and holes around your home. If you feel spots in your home where the temperature changes suddenly, it is a good idea to investigate. Insulation is yet another task you will want to consider. Insulating your attic, basement, and garage can also help prevent wasted energy. Door sweeps can also be helpful to block the gaps under doors.
Save Energy with Meade HVAC Today!
By taking a little time and getting the right tools, you can significantly save on your energy bills this summer. Meade HVAC can help you keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape. Whether you need maintenance or a repair, our professionals will help you get the job done right. We can also provide you with suggestions to improve the overall comfort of your home. Your family deserves a cool and comfortable home to escape to this summer all while you save your money. Meade HVAC can help you make that happen.