While you may be enjoying the pleasant summer temperatures, you’re likely frustrated with your increased monthly energy bills. Fortunately, keeping your home cool for your family doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor. There are several easy and effective ways to decrease your energy consumption without sacrificing any of your comfort.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Adjusting your cooling usage based on your schedule can be difficult with an old-fashioned thermostat. These devices have limited settings and often need frequent manual fine-tuning. A programmable thermostat, on the other hand, accepts a range of customized preferences based on the time of day or the day of the week. If you install a thermostat with smart capabilities, it can even read the weather or begin learning your household’s daily routines. These systems are exceptionally efficient at cutting down wasted energy.
Save money by experimenting with your set AC temperature. Raising your settings by just a few degrees will still keep your home comfortable while steadily lowering your energy bills. If you usually have your thermostat set to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, try increasing it to 74 degrees Fahrenheit to see if you feel a difference. It’s best to keep your home at a moderate temperature during the day and then adjust it in the evening when everyone returns from work or school.
Use Your Ceiling Fan
Regularly using your ceiling fan can cool a room or floor of your home by several degrees. These useful fixtures require minimal energy and can more thoroughly distribute the cool air from your vents. Fans certified by Energy Star use even less electricity and rotate more effectively. In the summer, make sure your fans are spinning counterclockwise to blow air downwards.
Schedule AC Maintenance
Year after year, your AC system works hard to provide consistent cooling. Constant usage results in wear and tear which can lower the efficiency of the motors, coils, and fins. Your air conditioner is at its best when it’s clean and well-maintained. Some manufacturers recommend professional maintenance one to two times a year, usually in the spring and fall. It’s also important to spray down the external unit seasonally and remove any debris. Don’t forget to switch out your air filters every one to three months depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Switch to Energy Star Systems
While scheduling bi-annual maintenance can extend the lifespan of your system, it can’t make it last forever. Your air conditioner will eventually reach a point where it needs constant repairs and should be replaced. Even if you’re not yet struggling with your older system, you should still consider upgrading to a new Energy Star AC. These HVAC systems come with the best Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ratings. They’re built to last longer and keep your energy costs manageable.
Draw Window Blinds During the Day
Much of the heat in your home comes from the sun shining in through your windows. Rather than let the afternoon sunshine keep your AC running constantly, pull your blinds or shades shut. Without full sun exposure, you’ll spot a huge difference in your home’s daily heat gain. Consider opting for thicker, energy-efficient draperies or those with reflective white backings.
Consider a Supplementary Ventilation System
A ventilation system will remove odors, smoke, pollutants, and even moisture from your air. They can enhance your indoor air quality while reducing your need for constant cooling. After pulling out your old air, they make room for fresher, cooler air. These systems work well in mild climates and are especially helpful during the spring and fall as well as at night. Moderating your humidity level will also make it easier for your air conditioner to efficiently cool your home.
Spokane’s Heating and Cooling Authority
Since 1945, Sturm Heating & Air Conditioning has offered a wide range of indoor comfort services that include HVAC, electrical, and ductwork solutions. Our experienced team practices a customer-first approach that focuses on earning your complete satisfaction. Let us repair, install, or maintain your furnace, boiler, heat pump, or air conditioner. We can also clean your ducts, fabricate sheet metal, or install air purification systems like scrubbers. We’re proud to offer both residential and commercial maintenance agreement plans as well as rebates and seasonal specials. Contact Sturm Heating & Air Conditioning now to schedule your AC service appointment in or around Spokane.