No one wants to get an expensive cooling bill in the summer, but it’s pretty hard not to run the AC all summer long, especially when the kids are home from school or when you’re working from home. Afraid of spending a small fortune on your cooling bill over the summer? That’s understandable, most of us don’t want to spend more than we have to. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to save both energy and money during the heat of the summer. Here, we offer tips to help you save money while you’re trying to stay cool inside.
One of the best places to start is a home energy audit, where we help you better understand the “whole picture” in regards to how much energy your home uses year-round. A home energy audit can help us determine how much energy your home is currently using, how much is being lost, and what can be done to make your home more energy-efficient. It can also help you decide which problem areas are your priorities, so you can choose which things to improve to save energy and money, and to make your home more comfortable.
Start Saving Money & Energy Today
Let’s take a look at what you can do to start saving money and energy today. If it’s a cool evening, open up your windows and turn off your air conditioner. Then, when you get up in the morning, go through the house and shut the windows and turn the AC back on.
If you have windows without window coverings, they’re going to let a lot of heat in. In order to reduce this heat, install window coverings, and make sure to use them during the day. To maximize your energy savings, select window treatments that are energy efficient.
When it comes to your thermostat, set it as high as you can stand in the summer. An ideal temperature is 78 °while you’re home. The higher you can set it, the lower your cooling bill. When you leave the house, set the thermostat so it’s higher than usual.
If you have an air conditioner, it helps to also use fans to cool your home; if you use a ceiling fan, it will allow you to raise the thermostat by 4° and your home will be just as comfortable, but you’ll be saving money.
One last piece of advice: Don’t forgot to schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system. When you properly maintain your heating and cooling system, you’re not only maximizing energy and savings, but you’re extending the life of your heating and cooling equipment!
For all of your HVAC needs in Cleveland, contact Green Home Solutions!