5 Ways to Save More Energy at Home This Season

5 Ways to Save More Energy at Home This SeasonOpportunities to save more energy at home abound during the spring and summer months. Nationwide, air conditioning is the largest single energy consumer. This means any effective measures you can take to reduce the reliance on your A/C—without sacrificing household comfort—can have a substantial impact on lowering your energy expenses.

Some available energy-saving options are within the skill set of the average homeowner. Others, however, require the specialized expertise of your qualified local HVAC professional. As the days get longer, start preparing to save more energy at home.

Evaluate Your A/C

If its been on the job more than 10 years, don’t make your old air conditioner chug through another long, hot summer. Ask your HVAC contractor about the options available when making the switch to a new, higher-efficiency model.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Moving indoor air makes can make your home feel cooler, allowing for more economic thermostat settings. Make sure your fans are set counterclockwise or to the “summer” setting, so they’re directing air straight down into your rooms.

Keep the Heat Out

It’s a fact of physics — outdoor summer heat can infiltrate cooler indoor air through any possible opening. You can seal cracks by closing them with caulking and replacing worn weatherstripping around doors and windows. Then, evaluate your attic’s insulation levels to cut heat gain by conduction and radiation.

Replace Light Bulbs

Old-school incandescent bulbs generate more heat than light. You can replace these bulbs with cool, energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs or, better yet, ultra-efficient LED bulbs.

Schedule an A/C Tune-Up

Make sure to change your filter monthly and to schedule a professional maintenance check with a qualified HVAC technician. At the inspection, your technician will clean and check critical system components, like coils, compressors and blowers, as well as verify your system’s refrigerant level and proper system airflow.

In Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley, Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning has been keeping homeowners cool since 1922. Contact us for more tips on how to save more energy at home this season.

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 savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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  1. Posted April 11, 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Nice post!!

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