There’s a misconception that you need to have your AC on overdrive to have a cool house. But how can you stay cool when you don’t crank your thermostat down to 68? Keeping your thermostat low means higher energy bills, which can put a damper on your enjoyment of those crisp indoor temperatures. Thankfully, there are some easy money-saving tips you can follow to keep your home comfortable while keeping your electric bills low.
The hottest parts of the day can make your home even hotter when the sun shines through your windows. In European countries where there isn’t much AC, residents cope with the rare hot days by blacking out their house during the day with shades. Keeping the sun out in unused rooms can help minimize heat transfer and have your AC working less hard.
This indoor temperature may seem high, but it’s the rate at which your home can still feel cool without your AC using a lot of power. In fact, it’s the temperature recommended by Energy.gov. If you feel too warm at this temperature, use support from other more energy-efficient cooling methods like ceiling fans, box fans, or even portable cooling units.
There’s nothing worse than wasting energy while nobody’s home! Programmable and smart thermostats solve this problem by adjusting the temperature while you’re away so that you’re using less power when you don’t need it. For example, program your home to be at 82 when you’re at work and then have it return to 78 degrees about a half hour before your return.
Larger homes feel the pinch even more during the summer. Try to reduce costs by using zone control. If you know that everyone is in bed by 11 p.m. and they all sleep upstairs, then program your thermostat to keep just the upstairs cool between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.
For smaller homes or single occupants at bedtime, you can even try to keep the house at 78 and use a portable cooling unit in the bedroom at night.
It’s no secret that creating more sources of heat in the home, like running your dryer or baking a cake, will make your house hotter. Try to refrain from these activities until after 6 p.m., when the sun is starting to set. Better yet, grill outside for dinner!
If you’re following all these tips but your home still feels hot, you may need to check for any insulation or HVAC issues. You should also inspect your windows to see if there’s a draft or troubleshoot problems with your air conditioner.
If you have any issues with your AC, the professionals at Air Works Heating & Air can get your home feeling comfortable again. Give us a call today for a free estimate!