As a savvy homeowner, you want to save energy dollars this summer, but you want to be cool and comfortable, too. Achieving both home comfort and energy savings takes a concerted effort to modify energy habits and to take steps to help your air conditioner run better. Here’s what you need to know about easy summer savings.
Check Your Attic
With the sun beating down on your roof day after day and heat’s propensity to rise, no wonder attics are notoriously hot. It’s your job to ensure your attic is properly sealed and insulated to prevent heat transferring to your living spaces and cool air going into the attic.
- Seal the hatch with foam weatherstripping.
- Make sure the hatch is insulated on the back.
- Ensure that your attic insulation is at least one-foot thick and evenly distributed.
- Check to make sure the soffit vents aren’t obstructed by insulation, animal nests, etc.
Windows are another traditionally weak system of home efficiency. Heat gain through windows can make your home uncomfortable and cause your HVAC system to work harder. At the very least, use curtains or blinds on sun-facing windows to block sunlight. A more effective approach is to use window treatments, such as awnings, storm shutters, shades and insulated curtains.
An air filter clogged with dirt and debris slows down airflow and makes your HVAC system use substantially more energy. Check your filter monthly when you’re using your A/C frequently. If you use a cheap disposable filter, upgrade to a higher-efficiency type to keep HVAC parts cleaner and more efficient.
If you have ceiling fans, be sure to use them. Ceiling fans offer an inexpensive means to stay cooler and more comfortable by the wind-chill effect. Turn your thermostat back or off for great summer savings. Use tabletop, floor or window fans in rooms without ceiling fans.
Incorporate these simple summer savings tips into your home energy plan for better comfort and more energy dollars in your pocket. If you have any questions about HVAC and home efficiency, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today.
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