May 7, 2012
Saving energy is important for every homeowner. Not only does saving energy mean saving money but it also means saving the environment. However, despite wanting to make the effort, many people do not know how to save energy especially when it comes to their cooling system. Many try raising their thermostat and suffer from less cooling in the summer to save money. but that is not the solution. Below we will explain simple steps that can be taken to help reduce the amount of energy used in the home with your cooling unit.
The best solution is finding out how to lower the need of cooling your home. one way to do this is landscaping. If your home is surrounded by trees, then you will have an added coolness from the shade. A new roof is also a step that can be taken but can be expensive. A light colored roof will reflect the heat that bears down on your home.
It is also a good idea to make sure that your home is insulated well. Well placed insulation will keep the cool air in your home, preventing your air conditioner from working full time. It is also a good idea to keep all the windows and doors closed and tightly sealed to prevent the cool air from leaking out of your home.
Speaking of windows, homeowners can install thicker window treatments as well as window shades to block the sun from coming in the windows which will radiate heat. It is also a good idea to avoid using major appliances during the hot hours of the day. avoid cooking with your oven until the darker hours.
It is also a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat. This will help you save on your cooling costs by cutting back on the temperature from ten to fifteen degrees during the times you are not home. you can set the thermostat to a lower temperature about an hour before you arrive home to cool the home just in time for your arrival.
It is also important to service your system with a tune-up. Regular service on your air conditioning unit will help keep your air conditioning system running smoothly, maintaining its efficiency. This will lower your energy usage and cost as well. Contact your local HVAC contractor to schedule a tune-up at least once a year.