Use Less AC This Summer!
The weather is heating up here in El Dorado Hills, and many homeowners are already running their air conditioners at full blast. While a constant flow of cool, clean air can certainly help to make the dog days of summer more comfortable, there’s no getting around the fact that overuse of an air conditioning unit can lead to both higher energy bills and a decreased lifespan of your cooling equipment. This doesn’t mean that you need to endure the heat of summer without AC, though—it just means you need to be a bit more mindful of your usage patterns.
Heating and cooling systems can account for approximately 50% of your energy bill when running at peak capacity. Here are a few ways to reduce your AC usage this summer without suffering discomfort as a result:
Schedule a Home Energy Audit
The best way to ensure that your home is ready for the summer and to reduce cooling costs is to schedule a home energy audit with California Energy Services. An energy audit is like a visit to the doctor, except instead of you being the main subject of focus, it’s your home. We’ll perform a battery of tests (including a blower door test) to come up with a list of findings on well your home is performing and whether or not it’s ready to support your AC unit so that it can operate without issue.
From there, we’ll offer up some suggested recommendations about valuable upgrades you can make to your home so that your AC doesn’t struggle to perform this summer. These may include upgrading to high-performance insulation and air sealing cracks and gaps that are scattered throughout the home.
Program Your Thermostat
Many people think that the best way to save money on heating and cooling costs is to simply stay away from the thermostat and leave it at a constant temperature, but this isn’t usually the case. More often than not, you can get a lot of mileage out of programming your thermostat to match different scenarios. During the summer, if you set your thermostat at 7 or so degrees warmer while you’re at work/on vacation and lower it 7-8 degrees when you get home, you can save 5-20% on your energy bill, which is a rather sizeable amount.
Service Your AC Unit
Even the best high-performance AC units on the market require servicing on a regular basis. This is truly the only way you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of your AC. Servicing includes cleaning and taking a close look at electrical components so that you and your family can enjoy the peace of mind associated with knowing that your AC is not only saving you money, but keeping you safe and healthy as well.
Ready to save money on your cooling bills this summer? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!