Keep Your Home Cool and Energy Bill Low
April 18th, 2019 by cverdone
Keeping your home cool without resulting in a high energy bill that hits you with sticker shock can be quite challenging. However, there are some extremely simple methods that you can follow to reduce that bottom line. If you are worried about the incoming heat, check out the following tips to help you stay comfortable and on budget.
General Around the House Tips
Simple solutions to lowering your energy bill are all around your home. If you know where to take action, things can be comfortable both in temperature and for your pocketbook. Some things you can do are:
- Keep doors and windows shut during the day to prevent cool air from escaping.
- Give your AC unit a break and open windows at night to bring in cooler air.
- Block out heat causing sun rays with blinds and curtains.
- Use ceiling fans to keep cold air circulating and to assist your HVAC.
- Install awnings to keep those hot sun rays out of your home.
- Plant trees around your home to create shade.
- Reduce activities that create heat like running the dishwasher or using the oven.
- Opt for roofing in lighter colors to reflect the heat from the sun.
- Turn off the lights when not in use.
- Insulate your home to keep ambient air inside your home at the ideal temperature.
Your HVAC Unit
If your home has central air, it is likely you rely on it to pump out a cool breeze during the heat of summer. Just like any other mechanical workings in your home, an HVAC needs to be maintained and used properly in order to function efficiently. Without periodic maintenance, Your unit will struggle to push the cold air through and that struggle will cause it to use more power resulting in a spike in your energy bill.
A central air system is composed of two parts, a condenser located outside on a slab, and an evaporator that is typically found mounted above your furnace. Both the evaporator and the condenser are sealed and should be maintained by a professional to avoid damaging the system. There is also ductwork that can develop blockages, dust, or become loose. Filters need changing, noises may need to be looked at, or maybe your AC simply stops working. To keep your bill low and your air conditioner running optimally for a long time, call a technician for proper maintenance.
It is recommended that your unit gets an annual checkup by an HVAC professional in the spring. This should be done whether you suspect there is something wrong or not. A service professional will inspect, clean, and make repairs if necessary. There are maintenance tasks you can do too.
- Change your air filter monthly to keep air flow freely moving.
- Keep the condenser free from debris and hose it down if dirt begins to accumulate on it.
- Keep plants and grass trimmed from about 18 inches from the condenser.
- Keep registers in your home unblocked by furniture, drapes, or other items.
A properly maintained and inspected unit will be safer to operate and have a lower risk of failing when you need it the most. Your air conditioner will also have a much longer lifespan. Reaching out annually for a professional inspection and service will keep your unit operating at its most efficient which will keep your energy bill low so you can enjoy your cool home on that hot summer day stress-free. Contact Thornton today to learn more.