Apr 10 2014

Homeowners in Sugarland, Bellaire, and River Oaks understand April is too cool and too early to begin planning for Summer.  Although it is not very warm, it is never too early to start thinking about summer energy savings. By following a handful of tips, you can lower your energy usage and monthly costs. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Tune it up – When your air conditioner is running smoothly, you’ll enjoy the benefits of better energy efficiency. To ensure this happens, hire a professional technician for your next HVAC tune-up.
  • Change the air filter – Air filters typically clog up within one to three months, depending on the amount of dust, dirt and other debris being removed from your air. A clogged filter forces your unit to work harder in order to cool off your home. Prevent this by switching out the filter on a regular basis.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – To prevent your cooling needs from driving up your monthly energy usage, use a programmable thermostat to preset the times in which your A/C unit is in operation.
  • Opt for fans – Much of the time, a ceiling or floor fan will cool us off quickly and effectively. These devices use much less energy than running your A/C. However, keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms, so when you leave a room, turn on the fan to save energy.
  • Utilize a zoning system – Traditional cooling systems must cool off the entire house at once, even if only one or two rooms are occupied. In most cases, this leads to a huge waste of energy. This can be avoided by installing a zoning system in your home, which allows you to divide the home into zones and only cool off designated portions at a time.
  • Increase your thermostat’s temperature – None of us want to be uncomfortable, but cranking the air too low will waste energy. To keep energy usage low, try to keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees when you’re home and 85 when you’re away.

For more expert advice on summer energy saving tips, contact our expert energy saving professionals at Conditioned Air Mechanical HVAC Services.

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