As we delve deeper into summer and the temperature keeps rising, we start to rely heavily on our air conditioners to keep us cool and comfortable. Of course, you will see a significant increase in your utility bills as the heat rises, but the alternative isn’t pretty either. Nobody wants to sweat and suffer through a summer heatwave.
Electricity demand can get so high in the summer that it can trigger outages. And if that happens, there will be a lot of people sweating.
You cannot control the temperature outside, but there are ways in which you can keep your home cool and comfortable and still save money. Hage Energy, your air conditioner repair service in Houston, offers tips to save money and still beat the heat.
Replace the Filter
Your HVAC filter keeps your system running smoothly by preventing dust from blocking vents and they promote air circulation. But when the filter is dirty, it forces your system to work much harder than it should.
Obviously, your system is using more energy when it has to work so hard. You save money when you change out the filter on a regular basis.
Yes, we are quite aware that fans don’t do anything except circulate the air. Ceiling fans circulate the cool air, which increases energy efficiency and saves you money on that electric bill.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can be set to adjust temperatures while you are away from home. You can program your thermostat to keep the temperature in your home higher while you are away at work and cool down again when you get home.
There are even thermostats that can be controlled with an app on your smartphone, laptop or other electronic devices. This way, if you plan on taking the spouse out for dinner and a movie after work, you can simply override your program and keep the AC off until you are on your way home.
Get a Window Unit
There are times when you don’t need to cool your entire home. For example, if you are planning on hanging out in the bedroom binge-watching Netflix shows for the evening, a window unit is all you need to keep you cool and comfortable. You can save a lot of money using a window unit.
Check the Ducts
Check your ducts to see if they are properly insulated to keep the air as cool as can be.
Close the Shades
If the first thing you do when you get up in the morning is throw the shades open to let the sunshine in, stop it. When you open the shades and keep them open all day, you are heating your home in the process. Keeping your curtains or shades closed during the heat of the day can reduce heat gain by as much as 45%.
When winterizing your house, you probably check for leaks. The same thing should be done in the spring, to ensure your cold indoor air isn’t leaking throughout the neighborhood. A caulk gun can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Take a Bath
Take a bath, hop in the shower or step in the pool, whatever it takes to cool your body down. You can even sit at the dinner table spraying yourself with water or placing a cool washcloth on your head. You don’t need to keep the house so cold if your body is already cooled down.
Grill Out Back
You can save money in energy costs by grilling out back when the temperatures are quite high. Cooking on the stovetop or using the oven will heat up your home. So forget about baking that lasagna for dinner and opt for a grilled chicken sandwich or steak instead.
Plant Some Trees
Much of the heat that accumulates in your home comes directly from the sun that beats down on your house all day long. Planting leafy trees in strategic spots in your yard will help block the sun and cool your home. This will save you money in cooling costs and make your yard look better. Bonus.
You will also save money by having your HVAC unit serviced on a regular basis. Give Hage Energy a call and schedule an appointment today.