7 Simple Spring Energy-Saving Tips

7 Simple Spring Energy-Saving TipsAs weather warms, spring energy-saving tips replace the long winter’s effort to hold heat inside the house. To prepare for summer, you’ll be looking for ways to keep the heat energy outside for a change. You’ll also want to make sure your cooling equipment is running at optimum efficiency and has been scheduled for a pre-season maintenance checkup with your HVAC contractor. As you start forgetting about your furnace for another season, here are some spring energy-saving tips in preparation for the coming summer:

  • Planning to upgrade to a higher-efficiency air conditioner? Spring’s the time. Look for A/C units with SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings above 13, the current minimum standard. Higher-efficiency units of SEER 16 and above will save money on energy costs while paying back the steeper purchase price in an acceptable time frame.
  • Install a ceiling fan to augment the cooling effect of your A/C and allow you to increase thermostat settings without sacrificing comfort. If you already have a ceiling fan, remember to set the directional switch to the “Summer” or “Reverse” setting for counter-clockwise rotation.
  • Exhaust hot air. Wherever it accumulates in your home, it increases the cooling load and energy costs. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom take heat and humidity out of the house. An attic exhaust fan prevents a broiling attic that adds heat to living spaces below.
  • Heat gain through windows is a major contributor to increased cooling costs in spring and summer. Close drapes and blinds during the hottest part of the day.
  • Replace older incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs that give off less heat.
  • Opt for microwave cooking instead of the stove or oven on hot days to minimize indoor heat. Cooking outdoors on the grill is even better during heat waves.
  • Washing machines and driers add heat and humidity to the home. Do laundry after dark when its cooler.

Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning has been the Wabash Valley’s all-season source for home comfort and efficiency since 1922. Ask us for more spring energy-saving tips.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy saving tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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