It’s summer again, and you’re worried about electricity bills skyrocketing due to running your air conditioner in the sweltering heat of Pensacola. Luckily, we’ve got great tips for lowering your energy bills this summer so you can stay cool and comfortable throughout the season.
1. Use Ceiling Fans
Although ceiling fans only circulate the conditioned air already in a room, they can make you feel chillier; this is called the ‘wind chill effect.’ Cooled air from your air conditioner is dispersed throughout the room by circulation, leaving you feeling 5-7 degree cooler. So, when you’re not cool enough, use a ceiling fan or another type of fan to make you more comfortable while avoiding unnecessary energy consumption from lowering the air conditioning.
2. Get Energy-Efficient Windows
Are you still using outdated windows? Investing in Energy-Star rated windows can save you energy in the long run, especially during hot Pensacola summers. These windows are the most energy-efficient, saving you money and even putting less burden on your air conditioning system.
3. Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can work wonders in saving you money on your energy bills every month. By adjusting temperatures to your schedule, you’re able to save money even when you’re away from home. When you are home, learn to live with temperatures a little higher than normal. You’ll adjust quicker than you think and save money all the while. Check out the programmable thermostats offered by Shannon’s Heating & Cooling, and start saving money on your energy bills today.
4. Keep the Air Filters Clean
Dirty air filters not only negatively impact your energy bills, but they can also reduce your system’s overall performance. Since air-conditioning systems have to bear more workload in summer, filters should be cleaned every 1-3 months. If you have pets or allergy sufferers in your home, change your filters more often to keep your home’s air safe and healthy.
5. Check the Doors & Windows
To avoid letting conditioned air escape your home this summer, keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, and check doors and windows for cracks or deteriorated weather stripping. The inside of your home should be completely sealed to keep conditioned air in and hot air out. You’ll also want to keep your blinds and curtains closed when windows are facing direct sunlight.
6. Plant Around the House
Planting trees, shrubbery, and foliage around your house can provide shade and actually help absorb heat before it reaches your home. Be sure trees and shrubs are not too close to your home, as this could be a potential danger. Plant them a safe distance away where they will still provide shade as the sun rises and sets.
7. Install Solar Panels
If you’re looking to save energy and be more environmentally friendly, solar panels are a great, modern option for powering your home’s energy. Besides helping power your comfort system, solar panels can generate energy for tons of other appliances in your home at a fraction of the cost. Remember to do your research before diving in head first to this tip.
8. Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Another great way to lower your energy bills is to have regular preventative maintenance performed on your comfort system. Regular tune-ups from Shannon’s Heating & Cooling can help prolong the life of your system and ensure maximum efficiency, saving you money in the short run and the long run. To sign up for our maintenance plan, visit our website!
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For more energy saving solutions, contact us today at https://shannonshvac.com/contact-us/. We care about the comfort of your whole home and want to help keep you cool this summer.