The summer is just around the corner – or some people like to call it: the cooling season. It is called the cooling season because it is that time of the year when you must blast your air conditioner just to beat the heat. If you live in any area that has a non-moderate climate, you will experience the brunt of the cooling season, which means long sizzling outside temperatures and higher than usual energy bills. While the wintertime brought snow and slush, the summertime brings unbearable heat and high monthly utility bills, which is why it is so important to find different ways to save money. Here are some cooling season energy and money saving tips for homeowners.
- Get a home energy audit to find major sources of energy leaks. For every cubic inch of energy that escapes from your home, you are basically crumpling a dollar into a ball and throwing it into the trash. Some homes have a lot of energy leaks – in the windows, in the doors and even around outlets and cracks in the basement foundation. So, you want to get a home energy audit to find these leaks and then take measures to seal them.
- Use natural methods to cool your home. In the summertime, it usually heats up during the late morning – plateauing around the afternoon – but then it arcs back down again. When the temperature drops to its lowest arc, you want to open all the windows in your home. Don’t forget, though, you want to close them again in the morning. Taking this measure will ensure that you have trapped the cool night air in, which means that you can rely less on your air conditioner. This will ultimately save money and energy.
- Get your air conditioner tuned up. Your air conditioner is a complex machine with lots of moving parts. Over time, some of these moving parts can slow down – sometimes this is due to age, wear and tear and even dirt and grime. So, you want to do your best to maintain your air conditioner, but also to make adjustments where needed. For instance, you may need to tighten up the condenser coils or adjust the filtration system. Getting a tune up will make your system vastly more efficient.
- Enable a smart thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help save a significant amount of money and energy, but what about a Wi-Fi thermostat? Indeed, the benefits of a Wi-Fi thermostat are many – you can not only program your air conditioner for greater efficiency, you can also control your thermostat remotely, which means that you can turn it on before you get home from work or from anywhere for that matter.
- Clean your ductwork. Getting your ductwork cleaned out is incredibly important, because a clean duct system means that your air conditioner will work more efficiently and more cost-effectively. In most cases, you need to hire a special HVAC team to clean out the ductwork, but once you do, you will notice a huge difference on your energy bills.