Lighten Your AC’s Load This Summer
It’s heating up here in El Dorado Hills, with temperatures beginning to reach into the 90s. Many homeowners are already getting quite a bit of mileage out of their air conditioning systems, and the workload is only going to increase as temperatures continue to rise. As wear and tear can cause a great deal of damage to even the highest quality cooling systems, the more you can take the pressure off of your AC, the better.
Looking to lighten the load this summer so your AC can work at peak capacity? Here are a few tips to help you achieve this goal.
Improve Your Home’s Building Envelope
The building envelope is essentially what separates the conditioned areas of your home from the outside. Many people don’t realize that cracks and gaps located throughout the home are extremely common, all of which can dramatically affect the integrity of the building envelope. Add leaky windows into the scenario, and the chances that unwanted airflow between the inside and outside of your home will occur grow exponentially.
So, how can you put this problem to bed? Air seal those cracks and gaps, incorporate better insulation into your home and perhaps even consider upgrading to high-performance, energy-efficient windows. Once you tighten-up the building envelope, you’ll not only benefit from improved indoor air quality, but also a much lighter load on your AC.
Reduce Internal Loads
While improving the building envelope can make a world of difference for your home, it can also be a bit of a lengthy project depending upon the circumstances. You may also want to focus on reducing loads inside the home, which can be a much simpler process. Start by shutting off any electrical appliances, lights and equipment when not in use, which can make more of a difference than you might think. Shifting usage of appliances such as washers and dryers to cooler times of the day (such as during the morning) can also be effective, as can using exhaust fans to remove humidity from your kitchen and bathroom(s).
Finally, be sure that the appliances you’re using and those you buy in the future are ENERGY STAR-certified, as this will help to cut down on wasted energy overall.
CES — Your El Dorado Hills AC Experts
At California Energy Services, our team understands the finer points of air conditioning equipment. We’ll work with you to help lighten the load on your AC, keeping your home cool and comfortable this summer while saving you money in the process.