Ah, there’s nothing better than the summertime! And unlike any summer before, you may find yourself spending more time at home this year — think of it as the ultimate staycation! However, there is one downside: you may be relying on your central air conditioner more than you usually would — which can increase your energy bills tremendously.
With that in mind, if you’re looking to save this summer and remain cool and comfortable at home, here are some ways you can do that:
Ways to Save this Summer
Upgrade to High-Efficiency Air Conditioners
If your home has window-based cooling units installed, you may want to reconsider your cooling options. For instance, upgrading to high-efficiency air conditioners (such as a ductless mini-split system) can help reduce your overall energy usages by 20-50%.
Additionally, if you have a central air conditioner and you clean/replace its air filters and schedule tune-ups annually, this will also help lower your home’s energy usage — a win-win.
Use a Ceiling Fan When Your Air Conditioner is On
Do you have a ceiling fan in your home? If so, consider turning it on when you have your central air conditioner on! The fan will circulate the cold air and allow you to raise your thermostat up by 4°F with no reduction in comfort — helping you save energy in the long run!
Consider Raising the Temperature on Your Thermostat When Away
Are you about to head to the grocery store or take a day trip with your family? If so, whether you have a programmable thermostat or a standard model, consider raising the temperature when your home is not occupied by family or pets. This will cease the use of your central air conditioner and will help make an effort to save energy.
However, the minute you return to your humble abode, lower the thermostat to approximately 78°F to resume the flow of cold air (and keep lowering it if you’d like an even cooler climate).
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