Summertime Energy-Saving AC Tips
The summertime is hot. With temperatures on the rise, it’s important to remain cool and comfortable. However, that doesn’t mean we all need to crank the air conditioner up to 11 and waste energy every day. There are useful ways to save energy while running the air conditioning system that won’t break the bank. Cut down on utility bills this summer and keep cool at the same time with these useful tips.
First and foremost, air conditioning technology has advanced exponentially over the past few years. With a programmable thermostat installed in the home, you can set your air conditioner to turn off at night – when it’s cool outside – and shut off at certain temperatures. This prevents overusing the system and dealing with skyrocketing utility bills.
Ceiling fans are often overlooked cooling devices in the home. These overhead fans use less electricity than an air conditioning system. For example, ceiling fan costs just five cents per hour to operate. With the right circulation and a gentle breeze, a ceiling fan can easily cool an entire room with ease.
When we think about keeping cool, most of us choose to remain indoors. Outside the home, however, there are steps to take. For example, planting trees and shrubs near windows can form windbreaks. Windbreaks radically channel or reduce the wind by 50 percent, thus lowering heating costs by 20 to 40 percent during the summer. Even in a calm area, windbreaks can reduce energy costs by 10 percent.
For more valuable energy-saving tips, or air conditioning services, contact Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (586) 315-5268. We’re happy to answer any questions and address any energy concerns you may currently have. Do not hesitate to call. Our air conditioning services are designed to benefit you and your home!