Ways to Reduce Energy this Summer
Check that Thermostat
Make sure that the thermostat for your air conditioner is out of the way of direct sunlight. It should also be installed in the main, open part of your home. If your thermostat gets hit by the sun, it will likely believe the internal temperature is higher than it is and run your air conditioning unnecessarily.
When you are not at home, raise the temperature of your thermostat to a slightly higher temperature to preserve energy. We can also install a programmable and WiFi capable thermostat inside your home. A programmable thermostat will save you money year round by adjusting the temperature to your specifications. WiFi enabled thermostats go the extra mile and put you in control of your system whether you’re home or away. You can even connect it your phone! Talk about a great and easy energy saving tactic.
Shut the Blinds and Use a Fan
If you have a sunlit home, close the blinds to block out those rays. Sunlight naturally warms what it touches and to avoid it heating up your home, invest in curtains or blinds for those sunnier, hotter days. Most fans use less energy than central air conditioning units. Having a ceiling fan or portable fan in the areas of your home where you and your family hang out, can help you feel cooler without having to lower the thermostat.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
During the summer, this geothermal heating and cooling system absorbs the heat from your home and transfers it to an underground loop where it is then absorbed by the cooler earth. The geothermal heat pump uses the cool water returning from the ground to create cool, dehumidified air conditioning for your home. During the heating cycle, the heat pump will extract heat from the ground and distribute it through your duct system as warm air. This same heat energy can also be used for a radiant floor system or hot water heating.
It may be a good idea to schedule an energy audit. Many utility companies will perform them for free. If you want to do an audit yourself, go outside to check out your windows and doors, and see if you can feel any cold air escaping. Another reason for higher energy bills comes from AC units that are working harder than they need to and might need repair or maintenance.
Another option for a better performing AC unit is to install a whole-home air purifier into your home’s heating and cooling system. This works as a humidifier, keeping your ducts clean of dust and debris that can hinder the productivity of your system.
At JP Heating & Air Conditioning in Kalamazoo, we are proud to offer heating and cooling services to the city and surrounding areas. If you feel you’re spending too much money keeping your home cool, please do not hesitate to contact us today!