When it comes to comfort on a hot summer’s day, nothing does more for your comfort than air conditioning. If you’re looking for energy savings without sacrificing that comfort, consider these energy and money saving tips.
Manage the humidity. Lower humidity always feels more comfortable when the weather is warm because the moisture on your skin evaporates quickly, which cools you off immediately. The ideal humidity during the summer should range from 30 to 50 percent.
If you’re unsure about the humidity, invest in a hygrometer, an inexpensive device that measures humidity. If it’s high, instead of turning on the air conditioner to lower it, start using the bathroom and kitchen fans to lower it. Once you’re finished bathing or cooking, turn the fans off. Despite their small size, they pull out a lot of air you’ve paid to cool off.
A dehumidifier attached to your HVAC system will keep the humidity level healthy automatically and help save energy. High humidity fosters bacterial and mold growth, along with dust mite proliferation.
While you’re probably looking forward to the fun days of summer, there’s a good chance that you’re absolutely dreading the uptick in energy usage that plagues many households during these warmer months of the year. To ease your stress a bit, here are a few simple techniques that will help you get your HVAC summer energy bills under control:
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
It is always advisable that you schedule annual maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician once per year to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, but regular check-ups will help provide the best performance. Plus, caring for your system in this way will make it last longer.
Invest in New Air Conditioning Equipment
No matter how fantastic your air conditioner has performed in the past several years, it will eventually get to a point where it’s breaking down or in great need of repairs. Although the expenditure might be something that you would prefer to avoid, newer HVAC equipment is more energy efficient and reliable than many predecessors, which means the added cost will even itself out due to lower energy bills.
Periodically Replace the Air Filter
Keeping your home warm during the winter season can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Saving money is easy to do once you know where to concentrate your efforts. We suggest that you start with these quick tips:
Call an HVAC Technician
If you haven’t had your heating system checked in the past year, now’s the perfect time. A qualified technician will ensure optimal performance and efficiency, in addition to prolonging the unit’s lifespan.
Take Advantage of Your Programmable Thermostat
Most homes are now equipped with programmable thermostats that allow you to set the days and times when your heating system is in operation. This level of control will lower your energy usage, thereby saving you money on your monthly utility bill.
Add a Bit of Insulation
If you don’t have proper insulation in your home, heat will escape and force your system to work harder to achieve the same results. Adding insulation can usually be done by the homeowner, but if you have any problems, enlist the help of an HVAC technician who can pinpoint where insulation is needed most and add it for you.
A lot of factors affect your energy bill. While the amount of energy you use in response to soaring or plummeting local temperatures is one of them, sometimes weather far away from us can also affect our costs. And, speaking of weather, it’s not just extreme temperatures that can nudge our energy costs upward.
High Humidity and Your Energy Bill
We Georgians know how miserable high humidity makes us feel, whether we’re outdoors for a power walk or indoors on the stationary bike. When humidity rises in our homes (higher than 50-55 percent, the perspiration on our skin can’t evaporate), the urge is to turn the thermostat down so we can cool off. Turning your A/C way down to compensate for too much humidity will raise your bills unnecessarily.
If you’re running your air conditioner continuously and keeping your windows closed, then your home’s relative humidity should not be that high.
A hygrometer can reveal if your humidity is over 50-55 percent. If it is, then do the following:
Change the air filter to promote better air flow. Have the evaporator coils cleaned or repaired if they’re not functioning. Have the A/C refrigerant checked and recharged. Fix plumbing leaks. Install …
While winter and the holiday season can sure put a hurt on your household budget, what with heating bills and increased use of other household utilities, there’s some good news for homeowners who want lower energy bills (basically everybody). Following are some easy and effective ways to lower energy bills as we move into the holidays:
Use your home’s thermostat wisely to avoid heating an empty house when nobody’s home. If it’s a programmable model, enter setbacks so the temperature is allowed to drop 8-10 degrees when the house is empty for longer than a few hours, and 5-6 degrees (or your preference) at night when the household is asleep. If you still have manual thermostat, remember to set back the temperature yourself at those times. Take advantage of the solar heat that shines through windows on sunny days. Open curtains and blinds, and enjoy the natural warmth as your room heats up several degrees, even when it’s freezing outside. Close the window coverings as the sun goes down outside to add a layer of protection against the evening/nighttime cold. Use your ceiling fans to help redistribute warm air that collects near ceilings (and doesn’t do anyone any good). …