Summertime Energy-Saving Tips for Homeowners
Like most homeowners across the country, there’s a chance you’re continuously on the hunt for new ways to save energy in your humble abode. And while you may be doing a good job of that already, a roadblock is slowly approaching: you’ll be relying on your central air conditioner a lot more in the weeks to come.
In a conscious effort to save energy around your home this summer, here are some power-saving tips that all homeowners should take into consideration:
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Sure, on the hottest days of the year, you may feel inclined to turn your thermostat down to the lowest possible temperature — but doing so won’t help your central cooling system chill your home any faster, nor will it help save energy.
As it turns out, the minute you adjust your thermostat, it will take roughly three hours (if your central air conditioner has been properly maintained) to chill your home to the temperature you desire. However, you shouldn't keep your thermostat set to the lowest temperature all day long. Your central cooling system will put in some “overtime” hours and will continue to increase your home’s energy consumption.
In a conscious effort to avoid this, consider limiting the number of times you adjust your thermostat and set it to a higher temperature (such as 78°F) during the day when no one is home (and if you do not have pets).
Consider Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat
Wishing you could come home to a cool house? It’s possible, thanks to a smart thermostat! Unlike the days of manually adjusting your thermostat — or letting your air conditioner run at full force when you’re at the office — a smart thermostat is a perfect way to make all your cooling wishes come true with the touch of a screen (whether that be the device itself or your smartphone)!
Smart thermostats are known to help homeowners use much less energy since they’ll be able to track how much power their HVAC unit is using (via the device), as well as create a custom cooling schedule to not only meet their comfort needs but also help cut back on the amount of energy their air conditioners need to exert to cool their homes.
Another perk about a smart thermostat is that this device will alert you if it detects an issue with your central cooling system — and when that happens, you’ll be able to pick up the phone and contact your trusted HVAC technician right away.
Have a Ceiling Fan Installed
Have you often thought about having a ceiling fan installed in your home? If so, now would be the perfect time to do so! Not only can a ceiling fan help keep you cool all summer long (as well as during those warm autumn days), but it will even help you cut back on the amount of energy your central air conditioner is consuming!
Over the years, studies have shown that ceiling fans can make any room feel degrees cooler without having to adjust your thermostat. Another perk about ceiling fans is that when their blades rotate in a counterclockwise direction, they’ll be able to help circulate any cool air that your central air conditioner is producing.
Ditch the Window AC
Now, if your home does not have a central air conditioner installed, there’s a chance you’re relying on the cooling power of a window-based air conditioner to chill your home. While it’s better to have that around during the summer instead of having nothing at all, it’s using much more energy than you can imagine.
Solution? If you’re not able to swing the installation of a central air conditioner or your home cannot support the installation of ductwork, consider a ductless split system. These units are energy-efficient and have a sleek, clean appearance — meaning they won’t stand out and become an eye-sore!
Additionally, they do not require any major renovation to be installed, and you’ll also be able to use them to heat your space in the wintertime — talk about savings!
Professional Residential Cooling Solutions in Deschutes & Crook Counties
For the past 30 years, we’ve been committed to keeping homeowners cool in Deschutes and Crook Counties with our expert HVAC services. Whether you’re looking to have a smart thermostat installed or have your current central air conditioner repaired, we’re the team you can rely on!To schedule your appointment with Ponderosa Heating & Cooling, call (541) 204-2775 today!