Spring Energy Saving Tips For Your AC
Energy Saving in Your HomeWarm weather is quickly approaching which means energy saving time, and everyone is trading in their hot cocoa and warm coffee for frozen smoothies and iced coffees. While most of these seasonal spring changes are welcomed with open arms, your ever-increasing electricity bill probably will not be. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to keep the warm season from making a dent in your wallet. These helpful spring energy saving tips will also keep important parts of your home running efficiently so that you are not only saving money, but you are also comfortable while doing so.
Prevent Air LeakageNow would be a great time to inspect the areas around the windows and doors of your home for cracks and openings. Since the use of your air conditioning during warm weather is inevitable, you will want to seal up any places where your valuable cool air can escape through. The best way to do this is by using a paintable or clear caulk to fill in the spaces and gaps that you find. This will also prevent pests from making your nice cool home into their home too.
Redirect Ceiling FansSomething that most people do not think about is how the power of physics can help you save money. You may remember from your high school science class that warm air rises and cool air settles underneath it. During the cooler months, your ceiling fans should be rotating in the clockwise direction to help push the warm air that is rising back downward. On the other hand, it will help you save money in the warmer months to have your ceiling fan turning in the counterclockwise direction for the reverse effect.
Air Conditioning Tune-UpThere are several components to a complex air conditioning system that can result in unnecessary overworking of the unit when they are not regularly maintained. It is also wise that you hire a professional to check all the elements of your system to ensure that they are running safely. This can include the replacement of filters, cleaning of evaporator coils, and the addition of more coolant. Not only can professional routine maintenance cut 15 percent of your energy consumption, but an HVAC professional can also catch any problems or malfunctions before they get to the point of costing you a considerable amount of money in repairs or replacement.
Limit Cooking in The Kitchen
When you use your oven and stove to cook meals, the heat from those appliances naturally raises the temperature in your home. During warmer weather your air conditioning system has to work harder, and it takes far longer for these appliances to cool down after you are done cooking then it takes for you to cook the food. Consider purchasing an outdoor grill if you do not already have one, and use it as much as possible. Additionally, your microwave does use energy, however, it does not have the same kind of heating effect on your home as your stove and oven do. When you can't grill outdoors, opt for using your microwave to cook instead.
There is no doubt that your energy bill is going to rise along during warmer weather, but you don't have to accept all the excessive costs that go along with that. Many people don't make an effort to reduce energy costs because they feel that it will not help. This couldn't be farther from the truth, especially when it comes down to the efficiency of your HVAC system.
When your system is running effectively, you will not have to use it as often. Therefore, you will not be paying for excessive HVAC use in your energy bill during the spring and summer months. You will be surprised that a little bit of effort goes a long way in terms of energy savings. Contact Cahill today to for more energy saving tips for the spring.