10 Energy Saving HVAC Tips For Summer
Energy costs are skyrocketing this summer. Reduce your energy consumption and utility costs using the tips described in this article. These improvements pay for themselves!
- Insulate – Insulation reduces the amount of heat that enters your home from outside. In a well insulated house, less energy is consumed battling heat conducted in from the outside by walls and ceilings.
- Seal up air leaks – A firmly sealed home reduces the amount of warm air that leaks into your home from outside. In a well sealed home, less energy is consumed battling warm air leaking in from outside.
- Use shades to prevent the “greenhouse effect” – Don’t let your home heat up inside like a car with closed windows on a hot sunny day. Closing window shades during the day will prevent sunlight from entering your home and heating it up, decreasing the load on your cooling equipment.
- Swamp cooler – A swamp cooler provides cooling by evaporating water into the air, just as your body cools itself by sweating. Swamp coolers use far less energy than traditional compressorized air conditioners. You’ll want to leave the windows open when using one of these – air should only pass by the cooler once, so be sure to bring in fresh air.
- Ceiling fan – A ceiling fan cools in summer by circulating air. The air temperature is not reduced, but people feel cooler due to the breeze.
- Turn air conditioner thermostats up a few degrees – Instead of cooling your home to 72 degrees F, try 75 or 78 degrees F. Every degree you increase the thermostat setting reduces the load on your cooling system.
- Cool only the spaces you are in – Zone your cooling system or use window air conditioners or portable air conditioners so you air condition only the area you are in. This will greatly reduce energy consumption.
- Programmable thermostat – Set a programmable thermostat up for your schedule do it runs air conditioning only when you are home.
- Change or clean filters – Clean filters increase the airflow and efficiency of air conditioning equipment.
- Attic fan – Attics can reach temperatures of 160 degrees F during the summer. When this happens, heat from the attic leaks into the living spaces of your home and makes your cooling equipment work harder. An attic fan removes hot air from your attic and replaces it with cooler air from outside, bringing the attic temperature down to 15-20 degrees F above the outdoor temperature. Solar attic fans have recently been developed to provide attic ventilation while using no electricity at all.
Your home’s air conditioning system uses a lot of energy. Help conserve and save some money by taking some of the steps listed above.