With the temperatures heating up, you may be wondering how you can keep your energy costs down now that you plan to have your air conditioner on during the summer. Although you have the option of turning on opening your windows on some days when the temperatures are not too hot, there will be days where that is not an option. Here are some tips for you to use to stay cool so you can beat the summer heat.
Use a Portable Air Conditioner
If you live by yourself, you should consider using a window or portable unit so you don’t have to cool your entire home. You can easily keep the areas that you frequent in your home cool with a portable unit. And if your concern is keeping cool at night while you sleep, a window unit works just as well.
Turn Off the Lights
Your lights contribute to much of your home’s warmth. Have you ever noticed that sometimes some rooms in your home feel warmer than others? This may be the result of you keeping the lights on. It only takes up 10 to 20 percent energy to power a light bulb. The rest of the energy is wasted in the form of heat. If you want to cool your home to minimize how often you’ll need to turn your air conditioner on, you should pay attention to your lights. Turn them off when they are not in use.
Check Your Furniture Layout
You should periodically inspect the layout of your home to ensure that you are happy with the way things are arranged. It’s also a good idea for you to inspect it to ensure that your furniture is not blocking your vent registers. If they are, move them. If your vent registers are blocked then cool air from your air conditioner cannot circulate throughout your home properly. This can result in your unit having to work harder to make your home comfortable. When your air conditioner has to work harder to provide the same output, your energy usage will soar, resulting in higher energy bills.
Manage Your Air Conditioner’s Temperature
On days that you don’t plan to be home, you should turn the temperature up to 85 degrees. Even though that may make your home feel like a sauna when you first get home, your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard to cool your place off. Just don’t forget to keep the curtains and windows closed as well.
For those times when you are not away at work or on vacation, you should set your air conditioner temperature to 78 degrees. This is the optimal temperature at which your air conditioner will be the most efficient. You should also lower your thermostat temperature at night so you can sleep easier. At night, your body uses less energy and doesn’t need much cold air to stay cool.
Use Some Fans
If you have some fans, use them to help cool your home. The fans won’t necessarily add cold air, but they can help circulate the cold air your air conditioner is blowing throughout your home. Using your fans can help you reduce your reliance on your air conditioner.
Get an Energy Audit and Duct Inspection
Often times, homes that are hard to cool and heat have leaky and dirty ducts and other energy-draining issues. A professional energy analysis can help you pinpoint if these issues exist in your home. Once you know what problems are contributing to your high-energy bills, you’ll be in a better position to resolve them.
With the right approach, you can lower your home’s energy usage and enjoy your air conditioner all summer long.