As the temperatures in our area continue to rise, many of our customers are noticing the impact the summer heat is having on their utility bills. While running your air conditioning system is crucial to keeping room temperatures at a comfortable level, there are some effective steps homeowners can take to alleviate the stress on their units, which, in turn, may help reduce the impact air conditioning use will have on their wallets.
Step 1: Get the Air Moving
Moving air can give the impression that the air temperature is lower than your thermostat actually reads. Because most fans require much less electricity to operate than your typical forced air system, running your fan while concurrently running your air conditioner will ultimately reduce your energy usage, IF you set your thermostat a few degrees higher. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the results will be apparent on next month’s power bill.
Step 2: Prevent Leakage
Another great way to keep your indoor temperatures at a comfortable level is to prevent excessive air leakage. An inexpensive way to keep the cool air from escaping your home is to replace old, worn out, or missing weather stripping between movable elements of your home, such as windows and doors. Caulk is another inexpensive, yet appropriate sealant for preventing air exchange within fixed elements of your home.
Step 3: Prevent Heat From Building Up
As the summer progresses, you may find that not only are you battling the heat outside, but you are battling heat inside your home as well. Cooking and baking contribute to the heat that builds up in the kitchen. Taking hot showers and running hair dryers contribute to the heat that builds up in the bathrooms. As your air conditioner struggles to keep up, your home’s energy use skyrockets. Keep the air inside your home cooler by taking shorter, cooler showers, and blow drying hair on a low setting. That pot roast and those homemade cookies can wait for cooler weather.
These simple, yet cost-effective ideas can help keep your home cool, and keep your hard-earned money exactly where it belongs: your wallet.
To learn more about how you can improve your energy consumption, give Barrett & Sons Inc. a call today at (210) 659-5801. We’re air conditioning specialists in Bulverde, TX.