Staying Cool Doesn’t Have To Mean Energy Waste
Who doesn’t enjoy a cool breeze in 90° weather? Running the AC all day long can be tempting, but doing so can be a tremendous waste of energy. Not only does that lead to a larger utility bill, but the long-term environmental effects can also be disastrous. You can program your thermostat to be more efficient, but leaving all the work to your AC is irresponsible. Instead, take charge of how your home manages temperature with these few energy-saving techniques that also help keep you cool. Several ways to help ensure your home stays cool and energy-efficient include new light bulbs and cooking outdoors.
Keep Your Air Conditioner In Tip-Top Shape
We often forget about our air conditioners until it is too late. Have your AC regularly serviced instead of waiting until a system fails to call an HVAC specialist. Maintaining an AC unit in perfect condition leads to clean, energy-efficient airflow in your home. Professional service can also help you decide if a new HVAC system might provide better, more energy-efficient cooling.
Protect Your Home From The Sun
A deceptively simple task, ensuring that the day’s heat stays outdoors can be much more challenging than you realize. Keeping doors and windows shut may help keep cool air inside, but that’s only half the battle. Windows, for example, can be closed, sealed, and let heat into your home. How? The light streaming through them is as hot as the sunlight outside. Curtains, drapes, and blinds are all great ways to stop the sun’s rays from entering your home. While this may, in turn, make your home darker, you can quickly remedy that by flipping a few light switches. Speaking of which…
Avoid Making Your Home Hotter
Now that you’re keeping extra heat from entering your home, you should focus on heat sources inside your home.
Opt for Cooler Food Options
It may go without saying, but turning on the stove or firing up the range can contribute to your home’s overall temperature. Fumes from gas stoves can even lower your home’s air quality! Therefore, it’s best to avoid using your stove during hot days and instead stick to foods that can be eaten cold(yes, that includes ice cream!) If you absolutely must have freshly cooked food, stick to outdoor cooking. Grills, smokers, and fire pits are great ways to keep all the extra heat from cooking outdoors.
Keep Warm Water Use To A Minimum
It’s nearly impossible to completely stop using hot water, especially when you need to wash your hands. However, avoiding hot water during a shower helps you keep cool and stops your home from becoming a hot, humid mess.
Switch To LED Bulbs
An air conditioner can remove existing heat in your home, but that doesn’t mean you need to add more fuel to the fire. When trying to stay cool, avoiding activities that may further heat your home is best. These activities include keeping lights on. Old-school filament light bulbs not only burn through energy but also generate detectable levels of heat. That’s right! It’s not your imagination; a room with incandescent light bulbs is hotter. Instead, consider replacing existing and outdated bulbs with energy-efficient LED ones that don’t put out nearly as much heat.
Take Charge Of How You Manage Your Home’s Temperature!
Air conditioning is undoubtedly a miracle, but we can’t expect it to beat the heat single-handedly. However, we can all do our part to help our AC do its job and save energy. From window shades to calling Pann Home Services for professional maintenance, you have all of the tools you need at your disposal for energy conservation. All it takes to save energy while staying cool is a little foresight.
We are always happy to help you with your air conditioning issues in New Mexico. Still, in Colorado, we recommend the work of Lion Home Service. For years, Lion has provided proud service to the people of Fort Collins and surrounding areas. Their Fort Collins AC repair service is well known for being the most effective and reliable. You can rest assured that they will take good care of your home.