Keeping it cool when warmer weather arrives doesn’t have to require a lot of energy. Use these simple tips to set your home up to be more energy efficient.
Seal gaps in floors, doors and windows to save up to 10% on your energy bill and prevent moisture issues and drafts.
Open crawl space and attic vents during summer months to promote ventilation and reduce humidity, decreasing moisture load on your cooling system.
Try to keep in-and-out traffic from overworking your cooling system. Each time the door is opened, hot air enters your home.
Close drapes during the day and consider applying window film to minimize heat from the sun.
Ensure outdoor unit for air conditioner is free of leaves and other debris.
Set it and forget it.
We recommend 78° in the summer.
Use your exhaust fan
to remove heat when cooking.
Do activities in the coolest part of the day,
like washing and drying clothes.
Set ceiling fans to run counterclockwise to help cool rooms.
Ensure air conditioning vents are clear and opened to full capacity.
Get your air conditioning unit serviced to ensure it’s working efficiently.
Clean the range-hood grease filter to ensure proper ventilation.
Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.
Remember that dark colors absorb heat. You can repel excess heat by using light-colored blinds, shades and draperies on the sunny sides of the house. Make sure the draperies are insulated or lined.
Use natural lighting early in the day and late in the afternoon to reduce your energy usage.
Use ventilated awnings and other shading devices to prevent heat from entering windows exposed to direct sunlight.
Hang your laundry outside to dry. By not running your dryer all the time, you are reducing energy usage and possibly adding more years to this major appliance.
Use a bathroom exhaust fan or open a window to remove heat and moisture when the bathroom door is closed. This spares the air conditioner extra work.
Don't let your kitchen exhaust fan run more than 15 minutes, or it will be taking out conditioned air.
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