As much as you might love a cool home, you probably don’t love a high-energy bill. Contrary to popular belief, the two don’t need to go hand-in-hand. If you follow a few simple tips, you can keep your home cool without driving up your energy bill. You may even save money on heating and cooling services by reducing the need for repairs. Best of all, these tips don’t cost you much money.
1. SEAL YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS
In a perfect world, a window or door would be fully sealed. But poor construction, weather, and time cause gaps to form around your windows and doors. When the cold air from your HVAC system enters your home, it escapes through those gaps.
You can check your seals by running your AC and standing outside your home. Walk up to your windows and doors and feel for a cold draft. If you feel cool air, there’s an issue with your seal. You can look for openings and use caulk to seal them up.
2. BLOCK SOLAR ENERGY
As the sun beats down on your windows, it spreads heat into your home. This causes your HVAC system to work hard, which boosts your power bills. You can limit the amount of solar energy that enters your home by using a solar screen or window film.
It’s crucial to find the right product for your home. So, do your research and pick a screen or film that will effectively protect your home from the sun.
3. CONSIDER THE THERMOSTAT PLACEMENT
The location of your thermostat could affect how hard your HVAC system works. If you have a thermostat near a window or on an exterior wall, the equipment may register an inaccurate reading. Although your home might be a cool 72 degrees, the thermostat could read it to be 75 degrees. This makes your system cool your home when it doesn’t need to.
If you already have an HVAC system and the thermostat has poor placement, you can’t move it yourself. But the energy savings may be worth hiring a contractor to move the thermostat to a better location.
4. USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
If you aren’t in your home, why pay to cool it? You can save money by turning off your AC when you’re at work or running errands. With an old thermostat, there’s no simple way to do that. But a programmable thermostat automated the process. You can set your thermostat to a higher temperature when you plan on being away from home.
You can take things one step further by using a smart thermostat. With a smart thermostat, you can adjust the settings on your thermostat while you’re away from home. Most thermostat apps will suggest ideal temperature settings based on your cooling preferences as well as energy savings.
Installing a new thermostat is simple and doesn’t cost much. In the end, it can cut your energy bills by a significant amount each year.
4. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR ACTIVITIES
If you cook or use your dryer, your home will be warmer than usual. Opt to do these heat-generating activities when it’s cooler out, or do them by hand. For instance, washing dishes by hand creates less heat than using a dishwasher. Your HVAC system won’t need to work as hard to cool your home.
5. USE FANS
Your HVAC system isn’t the only thing that can keep your home cool. To take some of the burdens off your HVAC, use your fans. They don’t cost much to run and they help keep your home cool.
Ceiling fans help disperse the air from your HVAC system. If you have ceiling fans in multiple rooms, run them all day. Doing so will give your HVAC a break.
6. CREATE SHADE AROUND YOUR HOME
If you can reduce the sunlight that enters your home, you can rely on your HVAC system a little less. Trees are ideal for creating shade, and add beauty to your property. A major architecture trend to reduce energy bills is passive solar home design, and it involves this technique.
Keep in mind that this solution isn’t immediate. If you plant young trees, it takes years of growth for them to provide shade. You may be able to speed this up by choosing fast-growing trees.
7. CHANGE OUT YOUR FILTERS
Every two or three months, your filters need attention. They clog up with dirt, which makes it difficult for your system to function. If you fail to change your filters frequently, your system won’t be efficient.
Changing out your filters is something you can do on your own. However, you should educate yourself before you get started. Find out where all of your vents are and buy the right replacement.
8. CLEAR SPACE AROUND YOUR CONDENSER UNIT
If you have leaves and branches in or near your HVAC system, it won’t function well. As frequently as possible, check the area around your outdoor unit. Remove debris and check for any damage.
In some cases, there are shrubs or trees close to the unit. For the best results, remove shrubs and keep trees pruned far away from your exterior unit.
8. GIVE YOUR SYSTEM ANNUAL MAINTENANCE
Without regular attention, your HVAC system won’t perform at its best. At least once a year, your HVAC needs maintenance performed by an experienced professional. They check the refrigerant, lubricate bearings, and check connections.
During the inspection, your technician might notice a few issues with your system. This early detection saves you from needing a more costly repair down the line. Receiving regular maintenance is one of the best ways to save money on repairs and energy bills.
9. CALL US FOR HEATING AND COOLING SERVICES
The best thing you can do to save money on your AC is to use us as your heating and air conditioning service. Our team can advise you on the best ways to keep your system running smoothly, and we can perform regular maintenance.
If you’re ready to lower your energy bills, call us at Stellar Techs Home Services. Our heating and cooling services can save you on future repairs and energy bills.