Maintain cooling systems:
Whether you have central air or a window unit, a dirty filter will reduce your AC’s efficiency making it use more energy. Check your HVAC system’s air filter monthly, and expect to change the filter every 3 months, and be sure to have a professional look at your AC unit once a year to diagnose any problems. You should also double check that your floor registers aren’t blocked with dust or furniture. Outside, your unit’s evaporator and condenser coils should be clear of dirt, branches, over grown weeds. Keep all foliage at least 2 feet from the condenser.
Purchase Energy Star products:
Look for energy star products if you’re in the market for a new air conditioner. Using one could cut energy usage by 14 percent. According to Energy Star, ES certified hear pump water heaters can save a household of 4 approximately $330 per year on electric bills. Appliances, such as refrigerators, washer, and dishwashers, that are Energy Star certified can save you more than $650 over the products’ lifetime!
Use ceiling or circulating fans:
It may seem counter intuitive, but on a hot summer day opening your windows will often make your home warmer, not cooler. When night falls, if the air outside is cooler than inside, open the windows on opposite sides of your home so you can take advantage of cross ventilation. This will allow cool night air to circulate. According to the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, a ceiling fan helps to disperse cold air and can allow you to raise your thermostat as much as four degrees with little to no discomfort.
Energy Efficient Bulbs:
According to KW research, 90 percent of electricity used by an incandescent bulb is converted to heat rather than light? The extra heat means extra cooling expenses, so replace your light bulbs with compact florescence lights. Unlike incandescent, they give off very little heat.
Keep Curtain and shades shut:
Prevent solar heat gain by keeping your shades and curtains closed all day. According to the US Department of Energy, “when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce hear gain by around 45%”. The US Department of Energy also recommends to use light-colored treatments as the lighter hue deflect the sun’s rays. Keep your shades as close to the windowpanes as possible to block outdoor heat from radiating inside.
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Have a wonderful summer and remember to “stay cool”!