Every summer millions of Americans see a significant increase in their energy bill. While there are several factors that go into this increase, the most common reason is the cooling system in the home. You shouldn’t have to choose between your wallet and your comfort. So here are some ways to maximize the efficiency of the cooling system in your home.
Clean Your Vents
Keeping the vents free of debris is an easy way to increase your air conditioner’s efficiency. There are a variety of things that can clog these vents and limit airflow. Pet hair and dust are usually the most common culprits for clogging the vents. Removing this debris is crucial to maintaining steady airflow throughout your system. It is also important to make sure there’s not rugs, furniture, or blinds that are blocking these vents either.
Keep Heat-Producing Appliances Away From the Thermostat
It’s very important to know the location of the thermostat in your home and how it effects the efficiency of your cooling system. When the thermostat is located in an unusually hot spot of the home, like near a lamp or a warm window, the thermostat will think that the home is warmer than it actually is. This means it will continually emit cool air into the home even though the home is at the desired temperature. This of course is going to cause an increase in your energy bill.
Increase the Thermostat Temperature
This one seems pretty obvious, but either way it is going to save you money on your utility bill during the summer months. While you may not think that you’d be able to tolerate a few degrees warmer in the home, increasing it in small increments will make it easier for your body to adjust. Another way to accomplish this is by using a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats, such as the Google Nest, change the temperature of the home based on the time of the day. So if your house is empty from 9-5 it will turn off the air, then turn it back on before you are home so that the house is cool again. This has been known to save people as much as $50 a month on their energy bill!
Invest In Energy Efficient Windows
While this is a costly task and probably the most challenging, it is also the most rewarding and best way to increase energy efficiency in the home. People don’t realize the effect that windows have on their energy bill. Aside from that they offer many other benefits to the home. Windows that use the latest technology, like Heat Mirror Tech, save people a ton of money on their energy bill. The reason why is because these windows are able to deflect up to 99.7% of UV rays. This means that they are preventing heat from entering the home through your window. Higher quality windows are also insulated with Krypton, which is different than the traditional Argon. Krypton does almost twice as good of a job insulating the home, meaning less cool air is going to leak from the house. All in all this means that your cooling system is going to run less, saving you money in the long run.