Keep Your Cool this Summer

Ahh, August. We’ve officially reached the peak of grueling, summertime heat. It may be hot out, but that doesn’t mean you should suffer through the heat for the sake of your wallet. Avoid feeling the heat in your home –  and wallet – with these quick tips to help you keep cool, while also staying energy efficient.

Be smart with your thermostat

One of the most obvious tips for using less energy is to set your thermostat as high as is comfortable, even if it’s just a couple degrees higher than your usual setting. Turn off your air conditioner when you’re not home. When you return, remember that setting your thermostat to a cooler setting than the temperature you are trying to achieve won’t cool your home any faster. If you’re looking for an upgrade, you may want to invest in a programmable thermostat – this will help with heating costs during the winter as well.

Avoid heat build-up

On especially hot days, try to avoid using appliances that produce excess heat, such as your oven, dryer or dishwasher. When cooking, try to utilize your stove, microwave or outdoor grill.

Reduce energy consumption and save money by air-drying clothing and dishes – your dryer and dishwasher can produce a lot of excess heat. We also recommend only running full loads of laundry, and if you must use it, a fully-loaded dishwasher.

Take advantage of natural daylight as much as possible, but avoid allowing direct sunlight into your home.

Keep your cooling system running efficiently

Schedule regular maintenance to keep your air conditioner, evaporative cooler or heat pump running in tip-top condition. We also recommend you don’t place your television or lamps too close to your thermostat. The excess heat they put off can trick your thermostat, causing your air conditioner to run longer than it needs to.

Vacuum your intake registers regularly to get rid of any dust buildup. If you have pets that shed, you may need to do this more frequently. Make sure nothing is blocking the airflow to your registers, such as furniture.

Use ceiling fans

Ceiling fans can help you bump up your thermostat without sacrificing your comfort. While fans don’t technically cool the room, they do cool people by creating a wind-chill effect. This means you can turn fans off in rooms that are not in use.

Be sure to utilize your bathroom exhaust fan when bathing or showering to remove excess heat and humidity from your home.