Ways to Save Energy During the Summer
While summer is known as a season of fun in the sun, it also holds a reputation for being one of the most expensive times of the year. From relying on your central air conditioner around the clock to going on a road trip, there are many ways you’ll spend this summer rather than save.
In a conscious effort to help you cut back on your energy consumption, here are some ways you can save energy around your home during the warmest months of the year.
Replace Your Central Air Conditioner’s Filter
While this may seem like a gimmick, it’s far from it! The air filter within your central air conditioner plays a rather vital role for such a small feature: it helps your unit “breathe” easily while trapping harmful airborne particles from entering your air ducts. However, failure to replace your air filter regularly could spell trouble.
Typically, it would be best if you considered replacing your air filter anywhere between 30 to 90 days, depending on how often you rely on your air conditioner and based on the quality of the air filter you have in place.
On the other hand, if you continue to put off replacing your air filter, not only will it make your air conditioner work much harder than it has to, but you may see a startling increase in your energy bills — yikes!
Create Cross Ventilation on Cooler Days
Who says you need to rely on your central air conditioner every single day this summer? For those wonderfully cooler days with a gentle breeze, consider giving your hard-working air conditioner a break and open up the windows. Doing so will not only help improve your indoor air quality, but Mother Nature will help you cut back on your energy consumption.
The best way to create cross-ventilation is to open up the windows on both sides of the room, followed by turning your ceiling fan on (make sure the blades rotate in a counterclockwise motion). Within a few minutes, you’ll feel the room grow much cooler (in the most efficient way possible).
Consider Keeping Window Treatments Shut on Hot Days
While it’s always nice to let sunlight naturally pool into your home, doing so can heat it to new heights. Think of it in the same light (pun intended) as a greenhouse: the panes of your windows will increase the heat in your home — making your air conditioner work “overtime” and not give it a break to “breathe.”
To help keep your humble abode as efficiently cool as possible, consider keeping the window treatments closed in rooms that tend to receive the most sunlight. By doing this, you’ll be amazed at how much cooler your home will be (and your central air conditioner would thank you if it could)!
Put Your Ceiling Fan to Work
Remember how we mentioned earlier that a ceiling fan could help with cross ventilation? Well, you’ll be thrilled to know that it can also help with circulating the cool air your central air conditioner produces!
To help cut back on tampering with the thermostat throughout the day, you’ll want to make sure your fan is set to a counterclockwise blade rotation. Doing this will help push the cool air downward and evenly distribute it throughout the room.
As a result, you’ll find yourself dropping the temperature less often — which can help cut back on your energy consumption via your central air conditioner!