Check out these quick and inexpensive solutions to saving on your energy costs this Summer:
1. Check Your Temperature
When you are at home in the evening, keep the temperature set at what is going to be comfortable to you. For most people that is between 70° to 75°.
If you are going to be gone for more than four hours, most industry experts recommend a setting of 78 degrees during the summer.
On warmer days, raise your thermostat to 80 degrees (F) or higher.
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Investing in a programmable thermostat means you can tell it exactly when to start cooling before you get home. Generally, for most spaces and if you have a properly designed system for your home, you want to program the thermostat to change it to the desired temperature an hour before you will be home. If it takes longer than an hour for it to cool down after you have been maintaining the temperature in your home, you may want to contact an HVAC specialist to take a look at your AC unit and duct work to ensure it is running efficiently.
3. Invest in Your Home, Invest in Air Conditioning Maintenance:
We harp on this a lot, but it it's true! Make sure that you are having your system maintenanced by an HVAC professional at the beginning of the season before the hot weather kicks in. This ensures that you can catch any issues before they begin so you aren't without your air conditioning in this crazy Dallas heat. Remember to also change your air filters when they are dirty!
4. Fans are a great way to make a room feel comfortable without having to lower the temperature. The air circulation they provide evaporates the moisture on your skin, which causes you to feel cooler. Many of our customers have commented that they are perfectly happy at 75° with a fan blowing on them!
5. Cool your house by keeping out the sun. Shades or blinds provide a great barrier to the outside heat, and reduce electricity usage.
6. Planting trees and shrubs creates shade around your home. Try to place them on the side of your home that gets the most sun, however, make sure that you plant them at least one foot away from your home's walls. Be sure to read up on any type of tree to purchase and that the roots will not grow too large to damage your plumbing!
Believe it or not, you can also save money by planting them around your air conditioning unit! A shaded unit can improve its efficiency up to 10% compared to a unit that is in the direct sun. Just make sure that any shrubbery or trees are placed at least two feet away from the actual unit.
7. Try washing clothes in cool water, and drying them at night. When drying your clothes during the day, the dryer exhaust heats up your house, which makes your air conditioner run more often throughout the day.