3 Easy Ways to Be More Energy Efficient
For many of us, summer is the best time of year, but it’s also the time of year when we tend to use our air conditioners the most. This means that you will almost undoubtedly have higher utility bills during this period. Here are three easy ways to become more energy efficient.
1. Keep the Sun Out
Of course, the sun is responsible for the warm weather outside, but it also heats up the interior of your home. You can lower the temperature indoors by simply shutting your blinds and drawing your curtains to block the sun’s direct rays. It’s a good idea to use thick blinds with a high energy efficient rating. While you may not bring as much natural light into your home, you will certainly keep the house cooler.
2. Raise the Temperature Setting
You can actually save a significant amount of money by raising the temperature setting on your thermostat a little. You’ll see a big difference in your energy usage from only increasing the temperature in your home by two or three degrees. If you typically leave your thermostat set at 68, try raising it to 70. You’re not likely to notice the negligible difference in your comfort, but you will notice a difference in your bill.
3. Regular Maintenance
Every cooling system requires routine maintenance. As it is used, debris may accumulate and filters become clogged. Components can go slightly out of sync, and parts can wear out. Coolant levels sometimes get low. All of these things will force the AC equipment to work harder in order to produce the same results. Some of this problem can be eliminated merely by changing the filters conscientiously, but you should also have maintenance performed by reputable professionals at least once a year. Regular maintenance will keep your equipment running more efficiently and help it last longer.
Your Energy Efficient Cooling Professionals
You’ll have a much better summer if you don’t have to worry about huge utility bills, and our team at Hoff Heating & AC in O’Fallon wants to help you accomplish that. Call us today to discuss these and other strategies to reduce your utility bills. In fact, we can assist you with all your heating and cooling installation, repair or maintenance concerns.