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As the summertime temperatures keep on climbing, people searching for any ways they can save energy and beat the heat. Here are some cooling tips to keep down your energy charges and your comfort up.
- Use Shade to Cut Cooling Costs
About 40% of your home’s unwanted heat absorption comes through your windows. When the sun is out, close all of your shades, drapes, and blinds. For added solar heat protection, consider purchasing solar screens for your windows, which claim to block up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare.
- Use Thermostat Settings for Maximum A/C Savings
We recommend setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher while at home and about 85 degrees while away. We do not recommend turning off your air conditioner entirely since you will use more energy getting the temperature back down when you come back home. Also, lowering the thermostat to its lowest setting will not cool your home any faster. It will only cause your system to run for a longer period of time. If you forget to raise the temperature back up, you could be wasting a lot of money and energy, so just don’t do it at all!Ask Abtech about programmable thermostats that will allow you to lower the temperature back to 78 degrees before you arrive so you don’t have to wait in the heat while your home cools down.
- Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Check and clean your outside heat pump’s evaporator coil.
If you notice bent coils, you can use a “fin comb” to straighten them out.
If you have a window unit, inspect the seal around it to keep the cool air in and hot air out.
Replace your air conditioner filter every 30 days or so. Set calendar and phone reminders so you don’t forget. This is probably the most important homeowner maintenance task you can do to keep you HVAC system running efficiently.
Having your outdoor heat pump in the shade can reduce your cooling costs by about 5-10%.
At least once a year, schedule professional HVAC maintenance. This can double the lifespan of your system and ensure that all your warranties remain in effect.
- Seal Up Any Air Leaks
Go around your home with an incense stick or thing piece of toilet paper and inspect your home for air leaks.
Use weatherproof caulk and weatherstripping around your doors and windows where cracks and gaps are less than 1/4 inch. Use expandable foam spray for any gaps larger than this.
Use this home map from energy.gov to test your home for airtightness:
- Take Cold Showers
Rather than showering in the morning, wait until the afternoon or night to take a cold shower when your body needs to cool down the most. This will also help reinvigorate you in the middle of a hot, energy-sucking day.
- Use Energy-Saving Cooking Methods
Instead of using your oven, try using the microwave or toaster oven, or better yet, grill outdoors.
Try to cook hot meals at night or the early morning. You can cook things like pasta and potato salad and then stick them in the fridge for a nice, cool meal.
- Schedule Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance Once a Year (at least)
You probably think it is completely normal to take your car or truck in for maintenance at least once a year, and the same goes for your HVAC system.
Contact Abtech Mechanical HVAC today for all of your heating and cooling needs