Summer is so close, you can almost taste it! For many of us, the warmer weather is a welcome sight after the long, cold winter, but summer can also be a huge energy drain.
As we prepare to soak up the summer heat, we wanted to share some of our best energy (and money) saving tips to keep you and your family cool, and give you pocket book a rest in the process.
Get the Most from your Air Conditioner
For many of us, air conditioning is non-negotiable during the summer months. It's a great way to keep our home cool, but it's also one of the top energy drains this time of year - meaning your electric bill rises along with the temperature. A few ways to make the most from your A/C this summer include:
Have your A/C unit checked to ensure it's running a peak performance. Replacing air filters and removing any dust or debris from the surrounding area can also help ensure things keep running smoothly.
A programmable thermostat is a must with A/C - create a schedule that works for your needs - Having your A/C on only when people are home, and tapering it off during less needed times of the day.
If you are installing a new air conditioning unit this season, location is key! Installation in a shade-covered area can help reduce operating costs by up to 10%.
Manage the Moisture
Sometimes it's not so much the heat, but rather the humidity. A few simple adjustments can help manage moisture levels in your home.
House plants produce much of our airborne moisture. Moving indoor plants outside during the warmer months can help reduce humidity indoors.
Utilize your bathroom fans- Running them for a full 20 minutes after a shower or bath helps eliminate added moisture.
Consider investing in a dehumidifier - Particularly during the summer months, these devices can have a significant impact on our overall indoor comfort.
Create Air Circulation
Proper air circulation is crucial in keeping your home cool. A combination of both portable fans and ceiling fans is a cost-effective way to force hot air down, and create wind-cooling throughout. Using fans in conjunction with your A/C is cost-effective and more energy efficient than using A/C on its own.
Have a ceiling fan you need to get installed before the temperatures spike? Hoping for some expert advice on keeping your home cool this summer? Feel free to contact us any time - we are happy to setup an on-site consultation to go over your project needs and discus your options.
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