Independence Day is here, bringing with it the peak of summer heat. The air is filled with the scent of barbecues, the anticipation of fireworks, and the constant hum of air conditioning units working overtime. For many, this spells higher energy costs.
But fret not, as Comfort Masters, your trusted Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning partners, are here with some simple, practical tips to help you lower your air conditioning costs without sacrificing comfort.
1. Strategic Use of Blinds and Curtains
Your home’s windows can let in a surprising amount of heat, turning your living spaces into makeshift greenhouses. The sun’s rays passing through the windows can significantly raise the internal temperature, making your air conditioner work harder.
Closing your blinds and curtains during peak sunlight hours can significantly reduce the heat gain in your home. Consider investing in blackout curtains or reflective window film for the most impact.
2. Routine Maintenance
Your air conditioner is like any other machine. Over time, dust and grime can build up on the filters, coils, and fins, impeding their performance. Regularly scheduled maintenance ensures your AC unit operates at peak efficiency.
Clean or replace filters every 1-2 months during the cooling season. Additionally, an annual tune-up by a professional technician from Comfort Masters can ensure the entire system is working efficiently, prolonging your unit’s lifespan and helping avoid costly repairs down the line.
3. Utilize Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can make a room feel cooler due to the wind-chill effect they create, allowing you to increase the temperature on your thermostat without feeling less comfortable. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave the room to conserve energy.
4. Mind Your Thermostat Settings
Increasing your thermostat by a few degrees can lead to significant energy savings. The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F when you’re home and awake and higher when you’re away or asleep.
If this feels a bit warm to you, don’t worry. Our bodies gradually adjust to the temperature over a week or two. To make it easier, consider a programmable or smart thermostat that automatically adjusts temperatures for you.
5. Insulate and Seal Your Home
Insulating and sealing your home can significantly reduce the cool air that escapes and the hot air that gets in. Attention your attic, walls, and any cracks or gaps around windows and doors. While this is a significant investment, it can provide long-term savings by reducing energy usage.
6. Use Appliances Wisely
Large appliances like the oven, dishwasher, and clothes dryer can generate significant heat, causing your AC to work overtime. Try to use these appliances during cooler times, like early morning or late evening. A microwave or grilling outside instead of the oven can keep your kitchen cooler.
With these simple tips from Comfort Masters, you can enjoy a cool, comfortable summer without the shock of high energy bills. Remember, we are here to help with all your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs. Have a fantastic July 4th and a cool, comfortable summer!