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Energy Efficiency Tips For Summer

energy tips for summerEvery culture has its unique rituals to mark the changing season. The contemporary world needs to adopt a few new practices that will keep homes comfortable and the energy bills down.

The best time to consider energy efficiency tips for summer is in spring. This way, you have adequate time to call your HVAC technician for an air conditioner maintenance check. Also, you can ensure that your home is ready for the upcoming warm weather.

When it gets hot outside, it is time to keep the interior of your home cool and comfortable. There are two essential ways to do this. The first is, of course, to stop the heat from entering your home. The second is to keep the cool air well circulated inside the house.

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Here are some tips on how you can do just that without increasing your energy bills.

Best Ways To Keep The Summer Heat Away

sealing air draftsOne of the best ways to keep your home cool is by ensuring that very little heat gets in. You could invest in double or triple-pane windows with low-E coating and insulated spacers to keep the heat out.

While this may be an expensive investment, in the long run it is well worth the money spent. Proper insulation is the key to keeping heat out, and cool air in. A professional energy audit can help identify leaks and weak points in your home. You can take care of these tasks before summer sets in.

How To Reduce The Heat Inside Of Your Home

It is a wise idea to cook in the early or late hours of the day. Instead of using the oven, you could opt for the stove or microwave. Outdoor cooking would also reduce the heat produced inside your home. Also, you should limit the use of big appliances, such as dryers, and dishwashers until the late evening. They use a lot of energy and produce a lot of heat. Light bulbs also give out heat, so use natural light as much as possible. Switch to LED light bulbs as they are more energy-efficient than conventional ones. Also, they produce less heat.

Effective Methods To Keep Your Home Cool

Keep your home comfortable by opening up windows to let in the cool evening air. Be sure to shut them in the early morning hours. If you do not live in a climatic zone that lets you do this, do not worry, there are other things you could do to keep your home cool.
You could plant bushes and trees. Also, you can install awnings to reduce the amount of summer sun that enters your home. On the south and west side of the home, you could use heavy drapes and shades to keep the heat at bay.

Get Smart With Your Thermostat & Save Money

thermostatInvest in a smart or programmable thermostat. Learn to use it properly. Doing so would allow you to program a higher temperature setting when you are away from home. You can program your thermostat to lower your home’s temperature right before you get back. After all, there is no need to air condition an empty house. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 78F when you are home and 88F when you are away.
Professional HVAC Maintenance
When warm weather sets in, air conditioning keeps your home cool. Your HVAC unit should be well maintained for it to perform efficiently. Ideally, you should schedule an annual air conditioner tune-up at the end of spring. AC maintenance will help identify areas that require attention and ensure that your air conditioner can provide reliable comfort without breaking the bank.

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Air Circulation & Airflow Is Crucial

It is essential that the cool air from your air conditioner is allowed to flow and circulate efficiently. The air vents in each room must be cleaned and vacuumed frequently. The furniture in the rooms should not block the vents, and should allow the cool air to circulate well.
Ceiling and pedestal fans could be used to keep you cool, and switched off when the room is empty. Experts say that you can increase the thermostat by as much as four degrees by merely choosing to circulate cool air with a fan.

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Call Townsend Energy For All OF Your Home Comfort Needs

It is vital to look for a reliable HVAC contractor for annual maintenance work. Schedule this during spring while conditions are mild and technicians are not busy with other service calls. However, even if you forgot to schedule your appointment during the spring season, it is never too late to schedule one during the summer.

Get in touch with Townsend Energy now for trusted heating and cooling services. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience to identify your system’s needs for increased efficiency and comfort. We provide superior HVAC solutions at reasonable prices, including HVAC repairs, installations, and system tune-ups.

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