Running the cooling system to maintain a comfortable home during hot weather can send your energy bills skyrocketing. If you want to keep those bills in check this summer, you can use the following energy saving tips to curb your consumption without sacrificing comfort.
- Program in savings with your thermostat — A programmable thermostat that’s designed to work with your equipment can let you automate comfort and energy savings. Choose one that matches your usual weekly schedule and program it for daily temperature setbacks around your routine. To provide the biggest savings, you need to schedule 10- to 15-degree setbacks for at least eight hours a day.
- Use ceiling fans to your advantage — Make sure that the blades are set to spin counter-clockwise on each fan and run it whenever the room is occupied. The spinning blades create a cooling wind chill effect that can allow you set the thermostat up to four degrees higher to help save energy.
- Reduce your cooling load — To avoid creating extra heat indoors, use the barbecue grill instead of the oven, put the dishwasher on “air dry”, and hang laundry out rather than using the dryer. Send extra humidity straight outdoors by running the bathroom exhaust fan for at least 15 minutes after a shower or bath. To limit heat gain through your windows, install energy efficient shades, blinds or curtains and close them during the day.
- Boost cooling efficiency — Schedule a cooling system tuneup to ensure that the equipment operates at optimal efficiency when the weather heats up. You can maintain that efficiency throughout the summer by replacing the air filter regularly, making sure the return air grilles are free from obstructions and leaving all the supply registers open.
- Get the ductwork professionally sealed and insulated — Leaks and deficiencies in the ductwork can lose up to 30 percent of your HVAC system’s cool air output. To curtail these losses, have the joins and seams sealed and the accessible ducts wrapped in insulation.
For more summer energy saving tips, contact the Long Island home comfort pros at Cool Power today.
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 summer energy saving tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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