Summer is almost here, and temperatures will continue to warm up. It won’t be long before many homeowners in the Kansas City metro begin using their air conditioners, which usually means higher energy costs. At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, we have a few energy saving tips we think you will find useful, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable home, while spending less on utility costs each month.
Energy Saving Tips
Shade your home, and your outdoor unit. During the heat of the day, close blinds and shades to keep sunlight out. It’s also a good idea to plant shade trees that will provide shade over your home and outdoor unit in the years to come, if you don’t already have trees that provide shade.
Seal and insulate. It’s amazing how much hot air can come around leaks or gaps in windows and doors – and how much conditioned air can escape. Replace seals around doors, caulk any areas around windows that allow air to escape, check the insulation in your walls. Caulk and weather stripping are your friends when it comes to a more energy efficient home!
Limit the use of appliances. The stove top, oven, dishwasher, clothes dryer, even a toaster oven – all of these things can make your home hotter, which makes your air conditioner work harder to keep it cool. Use these appliances early in the morning, or late in the evening. Better yet, hang clothes outdoors to dry, and set your dishwasher to “air dry” mode.
Turn your thermostat up a notch. Turning your thermostat up a degree or two won’t make a noticeable difference in the temperature to your skin, especially if you use ceiling fans to circulate the air – but it will make a noticeable difference in your energy bill!
Change the air filters. Dirty, clogged air filters make your A/C system work harder, while your home feels less comfortable. Depending on the type of filter you have, it may be necessary to change out once each month.
Install a door sweep on exterior doors. It’s amazing how much air can leak under exterior doors. A door sweep will block air from coming in, or going out.
Make sure air registers are well sealed, and ducts firmly connected. A huge amount of conditioned air can escape before it makes it into your home when air vents/registers aren’t properly sealed, or ducts are disconnected or damaged.
Have a home office? Use all-in-one devices that can scan, copy, print, and fax – and look for equipment with the ENERGY STAR label. Also, turn off all equipment when not in use, and unplug chargers/adapters when equipment is fully charged.
Air seal and insulate the attic. This is one of the easiest projects to accomplish, and can save you a ton on energy bills. Your home will stay cooler in summer months, and warmer in colder months.
These are just a few energy saving ideas that will help you save money on cooling your home this summer. Want more ideas, or need to have your air conditioner inspected to ensure it will operate efficiently in the upcoming months? Give Schomburg Heating & Cooling a call today.