Everyone says they just love summer and the warm weather. But their mood can change suddenly when the first hot weather electrical bill arrives. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Did you know there are five easy things you can do to make summer cooling more affordable, and your home more energy efficient?
1. Don’t waste money keeping the pets and plants cool
If you are like millions of other people, you leave your home for several hours every day. As much as you love your cat and Geraniums, it’s okay to turn the thermostat up while you’re away. You don’t want to shut the A/C completely off because the house gets too warm, and takes too much energy to cool down. But turning the thermostat up a couple degrees is perfectly fine and will be an energy saver.
2. Install a programmable thermostat (or use the one you have
Of course, this is the best way to handle the situation. A programmable thermostat can really help in energy conservation. Once you program it, you don’t have to remember to adjust the thermostat when you leave the house. The other advantage is the house will be nice and cool when you get home. A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat means you can change the setting with your smartphone. It’s really handy if your schedule changes at the last minute.
3. Use your ceiling fans (or install them)
The first thing you should know is fans do not cool the air, but they can make you feel cooler. If you feel cooler, you might be tempted to set the thermostat a couple of degrees higher, even when you are home. Make sure the fan blades are turning counterclockwise to get the cooling breeze.
4. Check the temperature of the hot water heater
Some people don’t even realize their water heater also has a thermostat. If it’s set higher than 120 degrees, you are wasting money. Do you really want to take a scalding hot shower or bath during the heat of the summer anyway? You will find 120 degrees is plenty warm.
5. Get regular maintenance for your air conditioner
I know sometimes we sound like the proverbial broken record, but we keep repeating it because it’s the truth. Regular tune ups and maintenance by your expert Builder’s technician will improve the efficiency of your A/C, and that translates into saving on energy and lower monthly bills.
Additionally, if you have an evaporative cooler make sure it’s in good shape and use it on those days when it keeps your house comfortable. It is generally cheaper to operate than an air conditioner, and should keep your house comfortable on many days during a Colorado summer. If you don’t have a swamp cooler, Builder’s will be happy to talk with you and see if it makes sense for your house.
Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been keeping Denver and the suburbs comfortable for decades. You have come to depend on us for heating and cooling work in your Denver area home, but we can also help you cut those electrical bills down to size. After all, the summer in Colorado is supposed to be about fly fishing, hiking, and camping. Not about stressing out over high electric bills.