Beat the Heat and Save Energy
Summer brings plenty of fun in the sun, but those hot days can drive up your energy use –and monthly bills. You can stay cool, and save energy, by following a few easy tips and considering some simple improvements to your home.
- Raise your air-conditioner settings.
- Install Energy Star programmable thermostats on central A/C systems, and on automatic timers or temperature timers on room A/Cs. This ensures that systems cool to the correct room temperature and no more.
- Replace your older air conditioner with an Energy Star product.
- Service your central A/C systems to make sure they are operating efficiently; an efficient system saves energy.
- Seal and insulate cooling duct work to make sure your central A/C isn’t cooling the outdoors.
- Use fans to stay cool instead of your A/C. Fans provide cooling by creating a wind chill that cools your body. Turn off the fans when you are not around.
- Consider whole-house fans to help circulate air through the house. Whole-house fans are automatically operated by a thermostat switch and run only when needed.
- Take advantage of breezes by opening windows at each end of the house to let cool air flow through.
- Keep windows open at night to let cool air in. Close the windows during the day to keep heat out.
- Close your curtains during the day to reduce heat buildup.
- Cook outside on the grill, use the microwave, and cover pots and pans on the stove to reduce the heat and humidity released into your home.
- Ventilate your attic to let hot, humid air escape.
These home improvements will also help you stay cool and save money:
- Properly insulate your home. Check your insulation levels and update as needed. Your house will stay cooler with properly insulated attic and walls.
- Consider energy-efficient windows. Today’s windows come in a wide variety of types, looks and finishes. They will add to the beauty of your home and help you save energy and money.
For more information on insulating your home, and energy-efficient windows, please call us at (603) 436-2946, or visit the Services page of this web site.Share post