It feels like someone just keeps nudging the temperature up here in Arizona. It makes many of us glad that we were born in an era when air conditioning is standard with most homes. With that said, if your air conditioner having to battle the odds against an inefficient household while trying to keep your home cool, those energy bills aren’t going to be pretty.
If you want to make sure that you can keep cool and comfortable this summer without it costing you an arm and a leg, you will want to ensure that your home’s energy efficiency is as optimal as it can be. We have some tips to help you accomplish this.
4 Ways to Boost Your Home Energy Efficiency
Achieving the best level of energy efficiency possible is the name of the game these days and we want to help you do just that. Why? Because it helps your home comfort too! Here are some tips to boost your energy efficiency and reduce your use this summer.
- Make sure everything is sealed up. A home with older windows, doors, and ducts, may have issues with air leaks. This means that your AC will have a much harder time keeping the house cool because all that cool air is going to be displaced more rapidly by the hot air outside your home. Weatherstripping and caulking can be used to seal up air leakages around doors and windows throughout your house; a technician can seal the leaks in your ducts.
- Draw the blinds. Knowing where the sun hits your home throughout the day is going to be helpful to your effort towards being more energy-efficient. This is because it will help you to plan ahead for keeping your home a bit more shaded throughout the day. Pulling the curtains or shutting the blinds to prevent the sun from getting into your house is going to help you keep things cooler, meaning your AC won’t have as hard of a time regulating the temperature indoors.
- Temper your temperature settings. It can be tempting to drive down the temperature setting on the thermostat when things heat up but we promise you this won’t help. It will only end up costing you more energy. The Department of Energy recommends keeping your thermostat around 78°F to keep things temperate without driving up your energy bills.
- Ensure your AC is operating efficiently. One of the best ways to ensure you are using energy efficiently this summer is to make sure that your AC is going to do the same. Is it going to use only as much energy as it needs or will a problem in the system lead to excessive energy use? If you aren’t sure, it is better to be safe than sorry. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment if you haven’t already to have a technician come out to make sure that your system is going to do its job effectively and efficiently this summer.
Kick back and relax, we’ll keep you cool. Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating today.