5 Tips For Improving Energy Efficiency This Summer

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The blistering summer sun is coming before you know it, making now the ideal time to start incorporating energy-efficient behaviors that will help you reduce your energy consumption.

Use ceiling fans when you are in a room

By effectively using ceiling fans during the summer, you can keep your a/c set at a higher temperature and still feel comfortable in your home. Just remember to turn fans off when you aren’t in the room for extra energy savings.

Check your ventilation

Obstructions in and around your vents can seriously hinder the efficiency of your cooling system when you need it most. Before summer begins, check your ventilation to make sure there are no blockages, such as tall pieces of furniture like entertainment centers, or debris.

Install a smart thermostat

For a relatively small upfront price (compared to your lifetime savings) and simple installation, modern smart thermostats can provide you with years of increased energy efficiency. These devices learn your routines and adjust temperatures automatically, meaning that when you are at work for the day your thermostat will adjust itself to a higher setting, reducing the amount of time your system is running.

Avoid using large appliances during the day

Turning on the oven for a long-cooked roast in January is welcomed, but that becomes an entirely different proposition in the sweltering summer months. Even if you move beyond obvious heat sources like ovens, other large appliances like dishwashers, washers, and dryers can put out enough heat to make your A/C work much harder during the heat of the day.

Fix small repair issues

Historically, we’ve found that some homeowners will prolong the repair of a known HVAC issue if it does not dramatically affect their overall comfort. This bad practice, however, can turn a once simple repair into a complex, expensive repair down the line all while negatively impacting your system’s efficiency in the process. Common HVAC issues that can spiral into an influx of problems if left untreated include:

  • Malfunctioning thermostats
  • Clogged drain lines
  • Dirty evaporator coils

If you’re concerned that your air conditioning system isn’t prepared to take on the hottest days of the year, contact A/C Designs. Our team of trained professionals is happy to help address any concerns you are experiencing with comprehensive repair, replacement, and maintenance services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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