How to Maximize Your Savings on Your AC Service
“The western half of the country will bear the brunt of the heat this year, with hotter-than-normal summer temperatures in the forecast for those located up and down the Pacific Coast, through the Interior West, and into the High Plains.” – www.almanac.com
Based on this weather forecast, most of California will have a hot summer. And usually, extreme heat and humidity often prompt people to crank up their air conditioning service to find relief. We already know what this usually leads to – an upsurge of the electricity bill. And probably an overworked cooling system after months of non-stop use. Both don’t really bring good news.
This is why having alternative ways to cool down is almost as practical as minimizing your AC usage.
Tips for Improving Air Conditioner Efficiency This Summer
Relying on a good home cooling system daily will get you through the blistering summer heat. In fact, it’s the simplest way to find comfort in this season. People rely on it too much they work hard to pay for bills, regardless of how ridiculously high it can get. However, if you have a way to substantially lessen your AC use while you’re at home, would you consider giving it a try?
Of course, you will! It may come as a surprise to some that there are simple yet effective ways to help diminish energy consumption. Read on to find out.
Lessen Appliance and Lighting Use
Take advantage of daylight as it is free and unlimited. Artificial lighting, especially incandescent lights, consume energy but only 10-15% of it gets turned into light. The remaining percentage is turned into heat. Too much energy is wasted while more heat is produced.
Ovens are one of the kitchen amenities that produce heat when in use. The same goes for large appliances like dishwashers, washers, and dryers outs out the same amount of heat which pushes your cooling device to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Consider air drying your dishes and clothes.
Use Fans and Ventilate Strategically
Ceiling fans can become your secret weapon to cool down. While the AC is on at minimum temp, turn on the ceiling fan. It helps raise the thermostat setting about 4°F. This gives off a chill effect that cools down the body, but make sure to turn it off when no one is in the room.
Ventilate bathrooms with an exhaust fan. This helps remove the heat and humidity while you shower or take a bath. Laundry rooms can benefit from having an exhaust fan installed. It releases all the heat generated from the washing machine and dryer to the outside.
Additionally, you can also:
- Seal and insulate. You want to keep hot air out and cool air in, so take some time to inspect your home for air leaks and poor attic insulation. For the most thorough assessment, consider scheduling a professional energy audit in which technicians use infrared heat mapping to pinpoint your home’s thermal weak spots.
- Keep your vents clear. Your air conditioner can’t work efficiently if your vents are blocked by rugs or furniture. Check all of your vents to make sure they’re open, free of dust and directing air toward the center of the room.
- Block out the sun. It can be beautiful when the sun beams through your windows, but it’ll cost you. Keeping the shades or blinds drawn on sun-facing windows is essential to keeping your home cool. Some window treatments work better than others, like reflective shades, blackout drapes, and honeycomb blinds. More of these tips in this post.
Getting the Best Heating and Cooling Service
Marthedal Solar, Air & Heating is always ready for a challenge every summer. We make sure that families get to enjoy the comfort of a fully functional, well-maintained air conditioning service.