How to Efficiently Use Your Air Conditioner this Summer
If you live in an area where the temperatures top 100 degrees in the summer you depend on your air conditioner to keep the temperature inside your home cool and comfortable. To save on utility bills and make the most efficient use of your HVAC system follow these tips:
Keep Curtains Closed
The afternoon sun coming in the windows is great in the winter because it makes use of the geothermal heat generated by the windows but this is not so great in the summer as it can leave you feeling like you live inside an oven. Close the curtains or cover the windows with a material that reflects the heat. The excess heat from the windows makes your air conditioner cycle longer to maintain the temperature.
Turn Up the Thermostat
While it may be tempting to lower the thermostat to a cool 68 degrees, doing so will cause your air conditioner to run overtime trying to meet the demands put on it and your utility bill will go up as well. A better option is to cover your windows that face the sun, and set the thermostat at 76 degrees fahrenheit. Your air conditioner cools at the same pace no matter the settings, so lowering it will not cool the home down any faster.
Use a Dehumidifier
It is not the heat that makes you uncomfortable; it’s the humidity in the air. Humidity is what makes you sweaty and sticky on those sweltering summer days. Using a dehumidifier in combination with your air conditioner can help keep down on moisture and enable you to set your thermostat higher so the air conditioner cycles less frequently.
Incorporate Your Ceiling Fans
If your home has ceiling fans, these can help circulate the air and lessen the load on your air conditioner. By themselves, fans aren’t very effective. But when used with your air conditioner they can reduce the energy consumed by the HVAC system by making it cycle less frequently.
Save Housework for Later
Running your dishwasher or doing laundry later in the evening saves energy and contributes less heat for the air conditioner to deal with. Many utility companies advise customers to limit use of heat-generating appliances until after 8pm for maximum energy savings.
Schedule a Maintenance Check-up
Periodic maintenance of your HVAC system will ensure that it is working at peak efficiency. A tune-up performed by an HVAC professional can spot problems before they become issues and keep your system working and keeping your home cool. You should have a check-up twice per year to keep your system problem-free.
Contact us today and speak to an HVAC professional about scheduling a maintenance check to ensure your home stays cool and comfortable year-round.