3 Ways To Keep a Home Energy Efficient When the Kids Are at School
There is nothing like the bustle of back to school. This year hopes run high that the return to school will be normal and students and teachers will be as excited as ever to participate in learning. It seems that every year the list of student needs grows, and that is more money going out the door every day in a school backpack. Reducing a household’s energy bill can be a key step in the right direction for saving money, and it is incredibly easy to do. One can do at least three things to reduce a home’s energy spending this very day.
Block the Sun: Keep Window Covering Closed
While windows can be one of the main points of curb appeal in a new home, they are also the most likely part of the house to increase energy costs. Sunlight is wonderful and necessary for life on this planet, but it also heats a home when it comes streaming in through the glass. Keeping blinds and shades closed (even if they are not qualified as energy-saving) will reduce the workload on the AC unit. Less heat coming in means less output from the HVAC.
Crank up the Thermostat
While everyone likes to come home to comfortable temperatures, it is worth noting that raising the temperature of a thermostat by just a few degrees can make a big difference. Turning it up by as little as 2 or 3 degrees Celsius can save a homeowner up to ten percent on the cost of their energy bill.
One of the beauties of the modern HVAC industry is the invention of the programmable or smart thermostat. While this may cost more at the initial outlay, the smart thermostat can be easily adapted to an individual schedule and monitor when residents are in or out of the home. They will turn the temperature down by a few degrees before people get home, so the temperature is more to a homeowner’s liking when they arrive. They can pay for themselves in a matter of months.
New Filters Every Quarter
One of the simplest bits of maintenance that any homeowner can do to make their HVAC unit more efficient is to change the filter(s). Every time a student brings home a progress report, it is time to check the filters. The optimal maintenance is to change or clean the filters every three months. Filters keep many things out of the circulating air in the home, such as:
- Other irritants
As this residue accumulates in the filters, the air conditioning unit has to work harder to work at the same level. Replacing or cleaning the filters keeps the air conditioner from using more energy and costing more money to cool the home.
About Chad’s Direct AC
Chad’s Direct AC feels that having an air conditioning problem is enough of a surprise without worrying about the bill. They work with their customers in the Montgomery, AL area to provide upfront pricing and clear expectations of what will be done during the project. Call now for energy-saving AC services!