In the last post, we began discussing ways in which you can conserve energy at home throughout the summer in order to save on costs. Some of the mentioned methods included adjustments to windows, thermostat, and ceiling fans. This piece deals primarily with adjusting the way that you use heat (unintentionally) and how you can let less of it into what you want to be a low-temperature space.
Additional Ways to Conserve Energy
To begin with, make sure that you are getting your HVAC system regularly maintained by an electrician. If your cooling equipment hasn’t been attended to in a while and is fairly old, this could contribute to uncomfortable temperatures in your home in a big way. Either learn your own way around your heating and cooling systems, or make sure to schedule an appointment to have it looked over.
On that subject, don’t place any lamps or other heat-emitting devices near your indoor units. If they are giving off warmth, it will “confuse” the device, most likely, which will then bring down temperatures as a result. This may feel nice but will likely cost you big later because the thermostat “thought” it was hotter than it actually was and ran for a longer time. Dust can also cause major problems for filters and big appliances, blocking ducts and causing a buildup of heat, so find a way to safely and efficiently remove it on a regular basis. The way to keep things cool is to allow for maximum flow of air throughout the home.
If you cook a lot, find alternatives to the oven during the summer. Try an outdoor grill, toaster oven, or microwave instead, if possible. The oven is a major heat source and can make your kitchen (and house in general) stifling if you are using it, particularly with doors and windows closed. You can purchase more energy-efficient machines of all varieties, including ovens, to reduce power consumption throughout. Other such products are light bulbs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers… the list goes on and on. The point is clearly that there are options available to conserve energy whether it’s summertime or not.
Finally, reduce the amount of work that your HVAC system has to do by trying to keep the hot air outside from coming in. You can do this with things like weatherstripping or caulk. If you seal the areas around windows and doors, you’ll have much less of an issue and much lower of an energy bill. To see for yourself the difference that any of these changes can make, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric. We’ll work with you to conserve energy and conserve costs this summer.
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