When warmer weather arrives, you can reduce the effects on your energy bill by making some changes around the home. Here are important tips for decreasing home energy consumption this spring.
Schedule an Air Conditioner Maintenance Check
Before the spring season is fully underway, schedule a professional maintenance check for your air conditioning unit. Dirty coils or malfunctioning parts make your air conditioner work extra hard to keep you cool and may lessen the life of the system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats save on energy by adjusting temperature at certain scheduled times. For example, while you are away from home there is no need to keep the home as cool as when you are present. A programmable thermostat can be set to decrease the indoor temperature shortly before you arrive so that when you get there, you come home to comfort. If you are really tech savvy you may wish to invest in a WI-FI programmable thermostat controllable from your smart phone or tablet.
Use Ceiling Fans
The indoor breeze created by ceiling fans keeps you cooler, and this means you can adjust your thermostat accordingly to save energy. Remember to adjust the rotation of the ceiling fan blades to the warm weather setting. If you are unsure of how to adjust your ceiling fans, ask a professional.
Seal Air Leaks
Warm air outdoors will find a way inside your home through gaps around doors, windows or in the foundation. Sealing these gaps will keep your home cooler this spring and reduce the workload on your air conditioner.
Prevent Heat Gain through Windows
Use thermal-backed window treatments on windows and keep these shades or curtains closed during the day. Consider investing in energy-efficient windows as well.
For more information about decreasing home energy consumption, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We have served the local Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City areas since 1979 and Sharpsburg, Senoia and Newnan since 1980.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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