Saving energy and staying cool this summer do not have to be mutually exclusive activities. You can lower your energy consumption, extend the life of your air conditioning equipment, and enjoy reduced bills and increased comfort by making some simple changes around the home. With the help of an experienced HVAC contractor, you can save both energy and money without sacrificing comfort.
Stay on Top of Maintenance
One of the most important ways homeowners can save energy is by having efficient HVAC equipment. In order to keep your air conditioner efficient, you should have it tuned professionally by an A/C repair service at least once per year. Air conditioners can lose five percent of their efficiency every year that they are not maintained, so this is essential.
Check the air filters inside your home at least once per month, and change them if they are dirty. A dirty filter compromises airflow and reduces the quality of your indoor air. You may also consider having your ductwork inspected for leaks.
Use Low Cost Practices
Replace incandescent light bulbs around your home with compact fluorescent bulbs. These can last 10 times as long as incandescent options while using only a fraction of the energy and producing little to no heat. Also be sure to set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when you're not at home. You can shave up to eight percent off of your monthly bill for every degree above 78 that you set your thermostat.
Avoid using heat-producing appliances, such as your clothes dryer and dishwasher, during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, wash your dishes and dry your clothing in the evening. You can also use ceiling fans to help a room feel up to six degrees cooler. Small changes like these can help your home stay cool, allowing you to save energy and money.
For more great energy-saving tips, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465. We can help keep your HVAC equipment in top condition and at peak efficiency. You can also visit our website to learn more.