Tech Tip #9: Adjust Your Thermostat During Summer Months
As the warm summer months approach, it is important to try to stay hydrated and cool. The air conditioner is probably our best friend during the heat waves of the summer months, but running it all day to keep temperatures comfortable can be draining on the wallet.
LinkUs is here to help with a few useful tips to keep yourself cool and your bank account full!
- Keep your air conditioning system maintained throughout the year. When your system needs maintenance, it uses more energy and ultimately costs more to operate.
- Close drapes and blinds throughout your house. Darker rooms stay cooler and lessen the demand on your air conditioner.
- Plant trees and shrubs around the exterior of your house. This allows plants to absorb the heat instead of your walls, keeping temperatures down. You can tell everyone you are going green. Literally.
- Install energy efficient ceiling fans. Keeping the fans running instead of the air during bearable temperatures will save you money. Just a fan running alone will not lower the temperature of the room. The moving air from the fan works with the evaporation from your skin, which keeps you cool.
- Turn off the lights you are not using. Lights emit heat and cause your air conditioner to work harder.
- Install an attic fan. Most of the heat from your home is absorbed from the roof and the rest of the exterior of your home. Attic fans help to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air from attic vents and pushing hot air to the outside.
- Close off rooms you are not in and cover the air ducts temporarily. There is no need to cool off areas you don’t plan on being in.
Lastly, install a programmable thermostat. LinkUs can help you automate it so you can remotely access it while at work, on vacation, or anywhere else you might be. Automating the thermostat to stay at 85 degrees while you are away, and adjusting it shortly before you return home, will keep you happy during the summer months while keeping the energy bills manageable.