In the last few years, the United States have experienced some of the hottest summers on record. The eight warmest years on record happened in last decade. The summer of 2021 will not be an exception and already seems to be on its way to continuing that trend.
Aside from being an environmental disaster, these hot summer days can also be a hard for your budget. By far, the largest part of your energy bill comes from your home’s heating and cooling system. With your AC running most of the time all summer long, you can expect some of your highest electric bills of the year to come between June and September.
Fortunately, you don’t have to boil in the summer heat to reduce your electricity bills. By following simple summer energy-saving tips highlighted in this article, you can keep the temperature, and your budget low, well within the comfort zone.
Check Your Air Conditioning
Your air conditioner requires regular maintenance to function efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance may result in poor performance and unnecessarily high energy use. Checking the coils, fins, evaporative cooler, and heat pump are good practices and may require the services from a professional.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a certified HVAC technician to give your A/C a quick, basic check and make sure that it can do its job effectively. Vacuum air vents regularly to remove any dust build-up and ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your vents. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your thermostat. The thermostat will sense the heat these appliances create, which can cause your A/C to run longer than necessary.
Replace Your Air Filter
Replacing your air filter is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to make sure that your A/C runs smoothly and efficiently. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce your air conditioner’s ability to absorb heat. Replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your A/C’s energy usage by up to 15%.
Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter every month or two. Filters need more frequent attention if your A/C is in constant use, is subjected to excessive dust, or if you have fur-shedding pets. Single-room air conditioners will have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room. In central air systems, you can find the filter somewhere along the length of the return duct. Common locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer, ideally 78°F or higher. Every degree of extra cooling will increase energy usage six to eight percent. Keep your house warmer than normal when your family is away at school and work, and lower the temperature only when people are at home. Avoid lowering the thermostat while air conditioning is running. It won’t cool your house any faster and may result in energy waste.
A smart thermostat can make these temperature transitions easy. Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled devices that automatically adjust the temperature settings in your home for peak energy efficiency. Smart thermostats learn your habits and preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away.
Some states and local city governments incentivize installing a smart thermostat with rebates, so searching for rebates or other perks available in your area can help you save on a new device. Check with your energy provider as they might offer exclusive discounts on smart thermostats.
Use Fans With Your A/C
Running a fan is much cheaper than running your air conditioning. In fact, running a fan 24/7 for an entire month would only cost about 5 dollars on your electricity bill. Unfortunately, don’t actually produce cold air—they just move the existing air around. The air flow creates a wind chill effect that helps people feel more comfortable, but it does nothing to change the temperature.
However, fans and air conditioning work very well together. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat setting about 4°F higher with no reduction in comfort. Remember to turn your fans off when you leave the house. With no people around to feel the wind chill effect, the fans aren’t doing much except making your energy bill slightly higher.
Reduce heat by closing your blinds
Close your blinds or drapes in the daytime during direct sunlight to keep out the greenhouse effect of the sun. Southern- and western-facing walls take the brunt of the sun’s heat, so invest in good drapes or shades for the windows on these walls and keep them closed. North-facing windows admit relatively even, natural light, producing little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat gain. You can leave these shades open to admit natural light into your house without heating things up.
Get an Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier
In hot, humid climates, a dehumidifier is a perfect partner to your A/C and a great way to lower humidity levels in your home. A dehumidifier helps lower energy costs because your A/C won’t have to work as hard. When the air in your home is too humid, your air conditioner has to do double duty—cooling the air as well as removing moisture. An A/C that works too hard will also break more often, requiring lengthy and expensive repairs.
As you have noted, saving energy bills in not difficult if you are vigilant and follow these tips provided here. Also, doing an annual check-up from professionals like us is a good idea as it is economical than having high maintenance cost and loosing energy efficient practices. We can make sure you are making all these wise decisions during our trip and can also help you in operating your HVAC system efficiently by proactively checking of any future problems. Please make an appointment at our website today at: