Tips to Reduce Summer Energy Consumption
Summer is here and coming home to an air conditioned home is nice, but it isn’t the best for the environment and the carbon footprints we leave, not to mention the toll it takes on your wallet. Don’t sweat; saving energy and being more efficient is a lot easier than you may think, so we’d like to share some tips to help you reduce summer energy consumption this season:
- Ensuring Your Air Conditioner is Clean: Make sure to maintain a clean area around your A/C unit because it restricts airflow. It is easy to sweep away visible dirt from around your unit, and keeping it clean and tidy is very important for cool air. Also be sure to trim bushes or cut grass if needed to prevent any natural obstructions.
- Adjusting Your Thermostat: A small difference that can help reduce energy consumption is the temperature inside your home. The less your air conditioner has to work, the less energy it consumes. Try to keep the temperature in your home as high as possible while still keeping you cool to save energy. Open the windows at night when it’s cooler, and turn off that A/C.
- Your Air Conditioner Needs Some TLC: Call Martino for air conditioner maintenance service to keep it performing well, which includes cleaning or changing out air filters! The air filter in your A/C unit protects your home’s air quality by removing dirt particles and debris from the air. Unfortunately, if you leave the same filter in for a long time, it gets filled with dirt and restricts airflow into your home, while polluting the air that does make it through.
Some other things you can do to further reduce summer energy consumption include:
- Checking for household cracks: Air can escape easily through cracks in windows and doors; make sure they’re shut tight.
- Close any unused air vents: Closing the air vents that you’re not using is a great way to save money and energy – why cool a room when no one is using it?
- Turn on ceiling fans: The breeze of a fan can circulate cold air easily without using much energy.
- Decorate rooms with light, cool tones: Lighter colours allow the room to breathe and let out more sunlight.
- Plant more trees: This helps the environment while providing shade for your home.
- Turn off your air conditioner while leaving the house for long periods of time: If you’re not there and you don’t have pets why have it on while you’re away on vacation?
If you have any questions about summer energy consumption, HVAC maintenance or about any of our services or offers, you can reach out to us by phone at (800) 465-5700, visiting our website or on Twitter and Facebook.