Although the summer is winding down, hopefully, there’s still time to cut down on your energy consumption and save money while you’re at it. With air conditioning accounting for about 19 percent of your total energy consumption within your household, at a cost of more than $11 billion annually to homeowners, finding ways stay cool while keeping costs low starts with making sure your home is efficient at dispersing and distributing cold air.
Here’s what you can do during the hottest part of the summer to keep your energy dollars in check.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
During the summer, set your home’s ceiling fans to spin in a counterclockwise direction. The airflow they produce will create a wind-chill effect, making you feel up to four degrees cooler. Remember, though, that if you aren’t in the room then there’s no need to keep the fans on. In fact, they waste energy if you do.
Don’t Forget to Close the Blinds (or Curtains)
Streaming a whole lot of sun through your windows during the summer can lead to a whole lot of spending when your utility bill arrives in the mail. Window coverings, whether blinds or curtains, are a great way to keep the sun’s light out of your home during the hottest parts of the day. This will help your air conditioner from working overtime to compensate for the additional hot air sneaking its way into your home.
Invest in Air Conditioning Maintenance
Investing in air conditioning maintenance before summer and before winter, is a critical part of keeping your heating and cooling system working efficiently – and not any harder than it has to, which saves your money in the long run. When scheduling an air conditioning service, you can expect the heating and cooling technician to:
Check your refrigerant levels and inspect for any leaks
Test system functionality and efficiency
Make any necessary adjustments and repairs to improve air conditioning performance
For more information about how you conserve energy and your hard-earned money, check out our list air conditioning service options or call us at 602-789-3000.