Flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and leaves are growing back on the trees. The time is approaching to finally put away your coat and unpack your shorts. Spring is in the air! Now is the time of the year that we look forward to after a long, frigid winter.
With warmer weather just around the corner, keeping your house cool without increasing your monthly utility bills will become a priority. Here are some ways to stay cool this spring and summer season while also saving energy and money.
1. First and foremost, schedule your cooling system maintenance to ensure that it is running efficiently and safely. Maintenance will include changing your filters, checking your refrigerant levels, and cleaning your evaporator coils. Routine maintenance can reduce your energy consumption up to 15%. Call Hutchinson to schedule all of your Philadelphia heating repairs and cooling system maintenance checkups today!
2. Open your windows and let the cross breeze cool your home naturally. Allowing the cool air in at night and shutting the windows in the morning helps capture the cool air so you will not have to turn on your AC.
3. Using ceiling fans will allow you to raise the temperature on your thermostat four more degrees and still feel comfortable. Also, make sure you use the bathroom fan when taking a shower as the fan helps to remove heat and humidity.
4. Think about installing energy efficient window treatments such as blinds or shades that will help prevent heat from getting in and raising the indoor temperature. In the long run, they will help reduce your energy costs.
5. Make sure you set your thermostat efficiently. Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees is ideal but be sure to raise it when you are away from your home for prolonged periods of time. By setting the temperature higher, you are helping to reduce your energy costs.
6. To prevent hot air from getting in or cool air from escaping your home, seal any cracks or openings that you may find. Using caulk to seal the cracks will not only stop the flow of air from getting in or out, but it will also help keep money in your wallet.
7. Since water heating adds to your home’s energy consumption, try turning down the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. By doing so, you will avoid scalding your hands and reduce energy costs.
8. On really hot days, using the stove or oven can heat the kitchen and other rooms. Consider cooking your food in the microwave or grill dinner outside whenever the weather is nice.
As you are gearing up for warmer weather and prepping for the temperatures to rise, call the Philadelphia heater repair company Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling and begin to see your energy costs fall!