Spring is finally here, and that doesn’t just mean spring cleaning. Now is also the perfect time to get your home ready for the warmer months by making your home as energy efficient as possible. Not only will you be helping the environment by following these easy tips, but you’ll also help save your family hundreds of dollars a year!
Evaluate Your Current HVAC System
Modern home energy systems come in all shapes, sizes, and costs. If you’ve had the same cooling and heating system for a while, consider upgrading to a newer, high-efficiency central air system or a ductless mini-split system. A trained professional can help you evaluate your home to select the system that best suits your needs.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Once you have the perfect energy system in place, make sure it’s functioning as best as it can by scheduling regular tune-ups. These tune-ups will assess and correct any possible technical issues, and ensure your home is being cooled using as little energy as possible.
Set a Programmable Thermostat
If you have a manual thermostat, switching to one you can program can help significantly cut down on your energy bills. All you have to do is set the indoor temperature higher for the times that you’re not home, as well as nighttime, when the temperatures get cooler. Now, you’ll only be using your air conditioning when you really need it!
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
When purchasing home appliances, watch out for ENERGY STAR certified devices. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps people and businesses save money by conserving energy, and protects the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Appliances that aren’t regularly running, such as coffee makers, toasters, or phone chargers, should be unplugged when not in use. This both saves on energy and helps prevent electrical fires.
Use Your Ceiling Fan
Just because you have air conditioning doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your ceiling fans, too. By using your ceiling fan at the same time as your A/C on particularly hot days, you can raise the temperature on your thermostat by 4°F without reducing the room’s comfort level. Additionally, bathroom fans can also eliminate heat and humidity. Don’t forget to turn off the fan when you leave the room, as it is there to cool you, not the entire home.
Now that the weather is finally nice, why not take advantage by doing more activities outdoors, including cooking? Fire up the grill and eat al fresco to avoid increasing the temperature in your home with cooking appliances, as well as to take a break from the A/C and enjoy the fresh air!
Ready to get your spring started off right? Contact the experts at Genove Oil & Air to schedule your A/C tune-up or to discuss a high-efficiency cooling system that’s right for your home!