Every summer has extreme heat waves that are not only taxing on your wallet, but also your home air conditioning system. They say a 2,500 square foot home could cost between $1,400 to cool with a high efficiency system up to $2,200 depending on how long the system runs per day. Below we cover some of tips and energy saving practices that can not only keep your home cooler, save you money, but also prolong the life of your air conditioning system.
Scheduled HVAC System Servicing
As with all of your homes mechanical systems, it is important to keep them well maintained. HVAC systems that are not regular services will wear down and become less efficient. The cost for a professional HVAC servicing may present up front costs, but it is an is upfront cost that will pay for itself over time. Keeping your systems filter, coils, fans, motors and ductwork in peak condition at the start of the hot months will ensure your cooling system runs efficiently and at its highest performance level.
Programmable WIFI Thermostats
While there might be a little bit of a learning curve, a programmable thermostat can save a tremendous amount of energy.
Old HVAC systems had a thermostat that let you set the temperature, but that was about it. Most of today’s thermostats are programmable. That means you can do a lot more than set the temperature. The other benefit is that once a programmable thermostat is set up you don’t have to worry about making adjustments multiple times a day.
By programing the thermostat to adjust 7 to 10 degrees during the day when the house is empty homeowners can save up to 10% on their energy bill. Another thermostat trick that will keep your system, from overworking is to avoid frequent sudden changes in temperature. Have a floor fan or portable heater to give the instant satisfaction.
When away during the hot months, create a “Vacation Mode” so that the house stays at a comfortable temperature and if equip with WIFI, you can utilize the app to turn the system back to normal cooling before you get home.
Insulation to Keep it Cool
Just like inflation keeps the cold out, it can also keep the cool air in. Doors, windows, outlets, and holes that pipes travel through are all potential areas that allow air to escape. Up to one third of all energy consumed by air conditioning systems can be wasted by poor insulation.
Using expansion foam to plug gaps, weatherstripping around doors and windows, and checking your attic doors, and roof insulation for areas that need improvement, a homeowner can save a lot on energy bills, and put less wear and tear on your HVAC system. Another way to insulate your home is by closing your blinds and using blackout drapes.
A well ventilated attic with thermostat controlled fan keeps the home healthy and also expels the hot air that accumulates.
Awnings and creating shade with trees on east and west facing exterior walls and windows will keep the sun from heating the walls and windows.
Good attic ventilation keeps your house cooler. Keep attic vents clear and attic fans functioning properly. Install awnings or plant deciduous trees to shade windows on the south and and east sides of your home.
Humidity in the home can make the house feel stuffy and tax your cooling system. In most cases an air conditioner will take the humidity out of the air, but in larger homes, or in areas like basements a dehumidifier may be key to creating a more comfortable atmosphere.
Energy Efficient Construction for Your Next Home Remodel or Renovation
Your choice of home remodeler makes a big decision. As a full service design/build firm we have a leg up on 99% of all general contractors because we employ in house architects, masons, electrician, and HVAC professionals who take the big picture in account when taking on a project. Exterior wall colors, insulation, choice of windows, and roofing are all factored in for energy efficient construction. Air circulation as well as properly placed vents are factored in as well.
If you are considering a home renovation, addition or remodel contact Remodeling Consultants for a complimentary in-home design meeting where we will hear your ideas, make suggestions, and gather information in route to providing an estimate.