Even though winter is still rearing its ugly head from time to time, remember that summer is right around the corner. Before long we will exchange the jackets and boots for shorts and flip-flops and be hiding out indoors in the comfort of our air-conditioned homes and offices. But with that comfort comes a price. Fortunately, these tips and tricks can save you energy and money as you flip your HVAC system from heat to cool.
1. Programmable Thermostats Work
If you haven’t installed a programmable thermostat, there has never been a better time to have Farnen and Dermer install one for you. Today’s models go beyond setting times for your air conditioner to turn on and off. Many models are intuitive and equipped with motion sensors. If they do not detect motion for a set amount of time, they shut your air conditioner down until you return home. They can even learn your thermostat habits and automatically change your temperatures based on your habits. Some models are even Wi-Fi enabled that allow you to control them from your smartphone.
WITH A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT, LIKE THIS NEST, YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR AIR CONDITIONING WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE!
2. Skip the Oven
Even the most energy-efficient air conditioner is no match for an oven set to 450 degrees. Did you know that most things that you normally cook in your oven can be cooked on a gas grill? An oven thermometer hanging inside of your grill can tell you the exact temperature when you open the lid making it possible to make casseroles, brownies, even pizza on your grill. Not only will you enjoy delicious food, but you will also save you money on cooling costs.
3. Change Your Air Filter
If you haven’t changed the air filter in your HVAC system since the winter, now is the time to get that done. Most air filters should be changed every 30 days, but some models are designed to last up to 90 days. Changing your air filter is a simple way to keep your air conditioner running efficiently all summer long, and ensuring your home has the best air quality possible.
IF YOUR AIR FILTER LOOKS LIKE THIS, REPLACE IT!
4. Have Your HVAC System Serviced
Did you know that your HVAC system should be serviced twice a year? Just before winter, it is important to have your furnace cleaned, inspected and examined for any potential problems. The same thing applies to your air conditioner. Now is the time to schedule your regular checkup and maintenance. The Farnen and Dermer certified HVAC technicians would not only check your air conditioner for potential problems; they will be able to help it run more efficiently all summer long.
5. Open Your Windows at Night
Fortunately, we live in an area that cools down when the sun goes down. Rather than running your air conditioner all night long, shut it off and open your windows to enjoy the cool summer breezes. Not only will you enjoy significant cost savings, but scientists have also linked exposure to the outdoors to better sleep quality.
Now is the time to invest a little time and money into keeping your house cool and your energy costs low all summer long. Contact Farnen and Dermer for an in-home energy consultation today.