Summer is meant for fun and spending time with family and friends. When the temperature outside rises, you often want to escape inside to the cool air. To help save you money on your energy bills while still having a cool house to come home to, you can do a number of things.
Read on for summer cooling tips that can save you money on your energy bill.
Put that barbecue or grill to good use and cook your dinner outside rather than heating up your home with your oven and stove. The temperature and humidity in your home can raise when you use the oven or stove to cook a meal.
Use your barbecue or grill instead and give your family a healthier and tastier meal. All of that heat used to cook will stay outside and your home will stay cool.
If you have to cook inside for any reason, use the ventilation fan to vent the steam and heat outside.
Shower Before Bed
Take a cool shower before bed to cool your body temperature down. This may help you sleep better at night and keep you cool all night long.
When showering, use the vent fan to vent out steam and condensation. Don't forget the fan no matter when you shower - day or night.
Adjust the Thermostat
Set your thermostat to a schedule so the temperature is higher when you aren't at home or in the evening when it may be cooler outside. Set your thermostat to a schedule. If you don't have a programmable thermostat, invest in one.
When programming your thermostat, don't adjust the temperature more than 5 degrees at a time. Too much of an adjustment will cause your air conditioner to work overtime to cool your home.
Open Windows at Night
Open up the windows when it's cool at night. Allow that nighttime air to cool down your house rather than using your air conditioner. Close the windows early in the morning before the humidity sets in.
Your home can stay cool for hours at a time with that free cooler air. Only open the windows when it's cool outside, and keep humidity out.
Open several windows in the house for a cross-breeze, and make sure all doors are kept open.
Close the Blinds
Close the curtains and blinds in your home where sunlight is pouring in. The sun can heat up your home, especially if you have a lot of sun coming in your windows. This can be helpful in the winter months, but not in the summer.
Close your blinds and curtains to keep the sun out during the day to keep rooms cool. Open the curtains and blinds in the evening or whenever the sun is not coming into those windows.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Maintaining your air conditioner will help ensure your system lasts longer and can also ensure your system works efficiently to cool your home. Maintenance can be done yourself or you can hire a professional to do the work for you. Use these tips to keep your unit in good condition:
Spray your air conditioner down with the garden hose to remove debris from the fins of the condensing unit.
Remove landscaping or anything else that can be causing a block in air flow to the unit.
Change the air filter in your system to ensure air flows properly and to continue trapping allergens.
These are fairly easy maintenance tasks any homeowner can do.
Don't spend all of your hard-earned money on your energy bills to cool down your home this summer. Call A & A Service Co. for all of your HVAC needs to ensure your system works properly and efficiently.