The summer climate in Peachtree City can mean big air conditioning expenses. But if you’re looking for ways to save money on cooling this summer, you don’t have to sacrifice your home comfort — try a few of these energy saving tips and stay cool while your energy use drops.
Change your A/C’s air filter. The filter in your home HVAC system is often overlooked, but it has a big effect on how efficiently your system really runs. And if the filter is clogged, conditioned air has a harder time moving through your home — meaning that you’re not getting the full effect of your system’s cooling.
Cut down on direct sunlight by using curtains, drapes, awnings, reflective coatings, and other window treatments.
If you’re planning any landscaping around your home, add shade to your sun-facing windows: trees, trellises, and other green features add beauty and sun protection.
Keep the area around your external A/C unit clear of plants, clutter, and other debris. The more airflow the external unit gets, the more efficiently it can discharge heat from your home.
Avoid using the oven during the hottest parts of the day. Cook during the cooler hours, or use stovetops or microwaves — or step outside to grill!
Use a dehumidifier. Humid air holds more heat — which is why hot, muggy days have a higher “feels like” temperature. A whole-home dehumidifier may be useful in some homes, while others may only need a small, standalone unit to take care of specific rooms.
Seal any air leaks around your home’s envelope. Air leaks let conditioned air out of your home and let hot air in, which means more work for your A/C.
Seal and insulate your ductwork. As air is carried through your home by the ducts, it may lose its temperature or even be lost to air leaks. This costs many homes almost a third of their energy use.
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). For more information about summer energy saving tips and other HVAC topics,download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.