To reduce the need to use your AC:
• Close the blinds and curtains on hot sunny days. This will reduce the passive heat gain coming through the windows.
• Oftentimes, portable oscillating fans or ceiling fans can cool off a room quite well and reduce the need for air conditioning.
• When the weather cools off in the evenings or on cloudy days, open your windows and let the fresh air flow through and cool off the house. This is particularly effective if you have a number of windows open to create a draft.
To improve your air conditioner’s efficiency:
• Read our detailed air conditioner maintenance article and take care of the DIY aspects of maintaining your AC unit so that it runs optimally.
• Talk to your local air conditioning technician or home improvement expert for information on how to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. A system that is running optimally will save energy and money so if you haven’t had a yearly maintenance check done on your HVAC system yet, it’s probably time to do so.
• Your house doesn’t need to feel like the North Pole. Raising the temperature setting on your thermostat by a just a couple of degrees can equal big energy savings. You can also install a programmable thermostat so that your system doesn’t have to run full force when everyone is out for the day.
• If you HVAC system needs to be upgraded, consider having a high efficiency system installed and ask your contractor if your home would benefit from the addition of an ERV/HRV.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your house cool this summer and cut back on the amount of energy you use too.
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