July 10, 2016

6 Energy Efficient Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

Stay CoolSummer is here and it is hot; one thing that is as common as heat in summer is high energy bills. We get it, nobody wants to sit in discomfort inside their own home. Naturally, the remedy for a sweltering summer is a cool A/C inside, but that can become expensive. We see it all the time, family’s energy bills spike during May, June, July, and August, and if you’re on a budget, this spike can do a lot of harm.

So to provide you with affordable solutions that will save you money, we developed this blog. The following tips and tricks of the trade will not only keep you cool but also save you a dollar or two. After you’re done reading this, you’ll be staying cool and efficient – the best of both worlds.

Change Your Filters

Filters are an integral part of your air conditioner’s efficiency. After all, changing air filters might be the most common thing HVAC owners do. That being said, it may not feel that something so simple can have a major effect on your comfort and efficiency, but consistency and diligence can go a long way towards saving money.

Changing your filters regularly through the summer months can save you up to 15% on energy costs.That’s well worth the little amount of time and effort it takes to change your filter.

Find Leaks

You should think of the air that leaks out of your ducts and home as money that leaks out of your pocket. This is especially true when summer is at its peak and you should value every single dollar you put into staying cool. It is vital that your cool air reaches its proper destination and stays inside your home.

Think about it like this, you close the windows in your car while you run the A/C and you close the door to your home, so why would you be okay with significant leaks inside your home?

Fans Fans Fans

It’s important to know that fans do not actually create cooler temperatures, but rather provide a cool sensation. Air blowing across a surface creates the illusion of cool temperatures and that is part of the reason why we sweat. So utilize your ceiling fans, and if you have floor fans, use those as well to provide a little cost-effective relief.

Do The Natural Things

There’s a lot of little things you can do that don’t involve your A/C or electronics to ease the cost of staying cool during summer.

Close your blinds during the day to keep the natural heat of sunlight out of your home.
Open your windows at night to let the natural cool air flow freely into your home.
Spray the outside walls of your home down with water and utilize the natural cooling power of evaporation to cool your home.
Use cotton sheets, clothes, curtains, etc. Cotton breathes easier and stays cooler than its flannel or fleece counterparts.
Drink ice water and other cool drinks that will keep your body cool despite the temperature around it.
None of these tips require you to turn on your fans, boost your air conditioners efficiency, or spend any money at all. And though they may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of a hot summer, if you combine all their effects they are a potent combination.

Reduce Use Of Heat Producing Appliances

Your home is hot, so hot that it’s capable of wasting the work that your A/C does. When we calculate the amount of power it will take to heat and cool your home, we account for the appliances you have because of the effect they have on the temperature inside your home. By reducing your heat-producing appliances, you can effectively reduce the temperature inside your home.

So, try using the grill outside instead of the oven or stove; also try air drying your clothes and hand washing dishes. Everything helps when it comes to staying cool during summer, so do it all!

Show Your AC Some Love

You A/C loves you. It works tirelessly to keep you cool, so show it the love and care it deserves. Take a little time out of your day to keep your outdoor unit clean of dust, dirt, debris, and rust. You just need your own grit and determination to take control of your A/C’s effectiveness and if you do, the results will be there.

Of course, if there is any major problem or you want to maximize your A/C’s output, then you should call the professionals. Professional maintenance can go a long way to keeping you cool and efficient through the summer.

Stay Cool With Prime Comfort

We care deeply about your in home comfort; after all, we dedicate our lives and careers to keeping the people of Charlotte comfortable. We hope you take this blog and use it to keep yourself cool while it’s hot outside. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us on our website, and if your AC is having serious issues, make sure you take immediate action!

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