Use Less Energy, Save More Money
Posted: June 6, 2022
Home Efficiency Tips for Summer
With energy prices so high and inflation rates draining cash from our pockets every day, most people want to save money at home wherever they can.
Here’s an idea: there are actually many easy yet important energy conservation methods that can add up to impressive savings over time. Here is a closer look at some of the steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency during the summer months.
- Add a ductless system. This is an energy-efficient option to target certain areas of your home with cool air. These units can be installed as supplemental cooling sources in particularly hot spaces. This may allow you to turn down your central A/C in the rest of the house, saving energy and money.
- Have your ductwork checked and then consider sealing your ducts. Duct sealing will improve both the airflow and indoor air quality in your home while also lowering your energy costs. Sealing your ductwork can save you up to 30% on your energy bills.
- Take advantage of your programmable thermostat. Run your home’s temperature slightly warmer when no one is home or you’re asleep and you can expect to save money on air conditioning bills for each degree you raise the thermostat. The U.S. Department of Energy says a thermostat setting of 78°F when you’re at home represents the best balance of comfort and energy savings. Raise that setting by three to four degrees when the house is empty.
- Use ceiling fans. These fans are a great complement to your central A/C. With fans circulating cool air, you can raise your thermostat by about four degrees with no loss of comfort.
- Check air filters. A dirty air filter cuts airflow, causing your air conditioner to overwork (and you to overpay for energy). Check your HVAC air filter a few times during the cooling season, replacing or cleaning it when needed. Check manufacturer’s guidelines for filter maintenance.
- Install reflective window treatments. Window treatments that reflect solar heat can reduce your home’s cooling load. Check out this Department of Energy link to learn more about energy-saving window treatments.
- Insulate. Poorly insulated homes allow heat to enter, which needlessly taxes your A/C system and raises your cooling expenses.
- Maintain your A/C equipment. Regular air conditioning system maintenance won’t just keep your equipment running better, it will also help prevent many repairs and lengthen the life of your equipment.
- Consider an A/C replacement system. Home air conditioning systems lose efficiency over time, even when well-maintained. Replacing an air conditioning system that’s 15 years old or more with a high efficiency upgrade can save, on average, 30% on annual cooling expenses – which means it can pay for itself in a relatively short period of time. Our HVAC experts can help you choose a cooling system that’s a perfect match for your home and lifestyle, with options available in all sizes and configurations.
Contact us today for expert air conditioning service or for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new high efficiency cooling system for your Delaware Valley home!