Summer is a beautiful time in New York, but it also is a time of high energy bills from running central air systems constantly. No matter how smart you are, you’re energy consumption will always be higher during winters and summers than the milder seasons, but there are some ways to increase your summertime savings:
- Raise your thermostat setting: Raising your thermostat just a few degrees can result in substantial savings over the course of a season. The typical recommended setting for when you are home is 78 degrees, and 85 degrees if you are out. You can use small room fans to help keep you cool.
- Keep your filter clean: Summer is a time where your air conditioner’s air filter will get dirty more quickly. A dirty filter leads to a less efficient system and your A/C will run longer as a result, using more energy. Inspect and replace your air filter regularly to keep the system running efficiently.
- Seal air leaks: Most homes have at least a few air leaks somewhere in the home, often around doors and windows. A large amount of hot air can infiltrate your home through these leaks and cause your A/C to work harder. If you haven’t checked and sealed your home’s leaks yet, spend the time to do it.
- Upgrade appliances: An easy way to be as energy efficient as possible is to buy Energy Star products. A certified product has been tested for performance and efficiency. Programmable thermostats, lighting and other HVAC components can all be upgraded.
- Seal ductwork: Ducts often develop leaks as they age, which allows your freshly cooled air to escape before it reaches the rooms in your home. Sealing your ductwork can cause your A/C to have to run a lot less.
For more help maximizing your summertime savings in your Long Island home, contact the experts at Cool Power, LLC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about summertime savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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