- Determine the highest temperature that you and your family find comfortable. Setting your air conditioner’s thermostat just a few degrees higher can help the load on your a/c and ultimately your utility bill. If possible reduce the use of the air conditioner in the evenings to the morning. A programmable thermostat can help you keep your cooling schedule without you having to do it manually.
- Utilize ceiling fans to keep your home comfortable this summer. The use of a ceiling fan can make a room seem much more cool. Remember to turn your ceiling fans off when the room is not in use. Ceiling fans cool people, not the actual room itself, by creating a wind chill effect.
- When taking a shower, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity from your home. Remember to turn this fan off once the room returns to normal room temperature to keep energy costs as low as possible.
- Try to eliminate the use of lights and appliances that are not necessary. Incandescent lights not only use energy themselves, which costs you money, they can increase the temperature in a room as most of the energy they use is turned into heat. Using a stove or oven can also significantly heat your home during the summer. Try eating meals that don’t require much use of an oven or stove, or grilling outside.
- Utilizing blinds on windows, especially those that receive direct sunlight, can help reduce your energy use and help do the same to your electricity.
- We always encourage you to have annual maintenance check on your HVAC system to ensure it is functioning properly. A faulty system can not only cause you discomfort but can also increase your energy usage.
Stay cool this summer as we are just now getting to the 100 degree days. If we can be of assistance please don’t hesitate to give us a call 903-455-5662.