Tips to Save Money
Install ENERGY STAR Equipment
Your HVAC system can use around 50% of your home’s energy. That’s why it’s important to make sure your system is running efficiently. There are also small changes you can make at home that will save you even more money, while still keeping you comfortable and safe. Read below to find out how you can start saving money.
ENERGY STAR products are ones that meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency as set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Air Conditioners are rated on a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). ENERGY STAR air conditioners have better SEER and EER ratings and use 8% less energy than conventional new models. Looking for the ENERGY STAR rating when purchasing any new appliance or HVAC equipment can help you use less energy and save money at home.
Use a Fan
One way to make your home feel cooler is to turn on a fan. Whether you have a ceiling fan or table top, turning one on when it’s hot out will make your home feel cooler. You can often set your thermostat a few degrees warmer, and still feel very comfortable just by adding a fan in your rooms. Raising your thermostat just a couple of degrees when your air conditioner is running will save you both energy and money.
Just remember that your ceiling fan should rotate counterclockwise in the summer. When your fan operates in a counterclockwise rotation, it pushes the cool air down onto you. This creates a wind chill effect and can make your room feel up to 8 degree cooler. Maximizing your ceiling fan usage, in company with raising your air conditioner temperature, can save you up to 40% on air conditioning costs.
Most people don’t realize how much direct and even indirect sunlight can heat a home, especially in the summer. One of the easiest, and least expensive ways to cool your home in the summer is to close your blinds when sunlight is shining directly in them. If you are not home during the warmest time of the day, you may want to consider leaving your home’s blinds closed all day.
If you have multiple and/or large windows that let in direct sunlight, you may want to consider installing highly reflective blinds on those windows. When closed completely, these blinds can reduce heat gain by as much as 45%.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are one of the latest trends in home energy efficiency. Many are an easy DIY project, but if you aren’t comfortable installing one yourself, AC Southeast® can help you find a qualified professional to install it for you.
With a programmable thermostat, you set schedules for where you want your home temperature. For example, in the summer you may set your thermostat higher when you are at work. You can program the time you arrive home from work, and your programmable thermostat will have your home cooled for you when you walk in. You are saving energy and money without sacrificing comfort in your home!
To find out more about maximizing your programmable thermostat’s schedule, the ENERGY STAR website, has some great tips. The average homeowner, when using a programmable thermostat optimally, can save around $180 per year!
Whether you are looking to install an ENERGY STAR air conditioner, or need help installing a programmable thermostat, ACSoutheast.com can help you find a technician to help you save money at home!
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