Many people think of the winter months as the time to implement energy-saving strategies, but they’re needed just as much during the summer when the demand for air conditioning is high.
Whether you’re heating or cooling, the efficiency of your windows has a major impact. Warped frames or missing storm windows can send warm or cold air right out the window. If replacing windows isn’t in your immediate plans, use caulking or weather stripping to prevent cool air from leaking out and warm air from leaking in.
If you’re in an area where the temperature dips at night, turn off your AC and open the windows. In the morning, close the windows and begin cooling your home for the day. Adding sun blocking window treatments will also cut energy use during the warmest part of the day.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Set your thermostat at a higher temperature when you’re not home, and keep the temperature as high as you’re comfortable with when you’re home. When you arrive home, consider lowering the temperature significantly for 30 minutes to cool things off quickly, then return to the set temperature. Cooling the house down quickly will keep the AC from working for hours to accomplish the same thing.
Ceiling or Room Fans
Ceiling fans are another great way to cool your home. Use them during cooler times of the day to delay turning on the air conditioner. Remember to turn them off when you leave a room.
A portable fan is also an efficient way to cool off without cranking up the AC. Use the fan in the area immediately around you, and as with the ceiling fan, remember to turn it off when you leave the room.
Appliances and Lighting
Use major appliances at cooler times of the day to avoid heating your home unnecessarily. The oven, the dryer, computers, televisions, and other hot appliances can raise the temperature of your home. Use them later in the evening or in the morning when it’s cooler.
JM Mullen Electrical Services can help you perform fan energy audit of your home to determine ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Before the summer heat arrives, call JM Mullen for a free appointment.