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Fan-tastic Ways to Keep Cool and Save Energy This Summer

April 28, 2016
by dmirza

With the temperatures rising, we’re all looking for the best ways to keep cool for the coming summer. Some of us look forward to chilling in a pool, some going to the beach, and some relaxing in the air conditioned comfort of their own homes. If you’re utilizing that last step, we’ve got some tips to help you keep your home cooler without using as much electricity.

Fans

Many people don’t consider using their fan when the AC is on. It seems like a waste of electricity to have both the fan and AC running. But in reality, doing this can save a fair amount. It takes a lot less energy to operate a fan than it does to maintain the temperature on the thermostat. By running a fan and staying under its cool breeze, you can actually raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. Every degree you raise the temp can mean a 1-3% savings on your energy bill. Fan-tastic!Fan-tastic Ways to Keep Cool and Save Energy

 

Maintenance

Maintaining your AC is crucial to its efficiency. If you haven’t already, schedule a tune up with a professional HVAC technician today before the heat really cranks up (along with service call costs). Regular maintenance every 6 months will keep you AC working at peak efficiency and keep your home cooler for less energy.

It’s also a good idea to check on your filter every month. Filters should be cleaned or replaced every 1-3 months, depending on how dirty they get. A clogged filter reduces airflow, and that means your AC has to work harder to cool the house down.

 

Air Leaks

Keep all windows and doors leading outside shut to reduce lost air. If you find cracks or gaps around windows and doors, use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them up and save even more. Don’t forget to close the damper in your fireplace if you have one as well!

During an HVAC call, have the technician check on the ductwork for your HVAC system. If any segments have come loose or developed gaps, get them sealed. A lot of lost AC comes from unsealed ducts leaking air into the attic long before they exit a vent in your house.

 

Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat to turn the AC off for the times you’re not home can have a major impact on your energy bill. During the 8 or so hours everyone is at work or school during the day, no one is taking advantage of the cool air, so it’s costing you extra money to have a cool house no one gets to experience. The same can be said for the time people are asleep. You can raise the temperature a few degrees on the thermostat and still be comfortable since it’s not as hot overnight. Turn on a fan for added comfort.

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