Replace your furnace filters in the summer. Dirty filters will increase energy consumption and can cause expensive repairs.
A good way to reduce your summer energy consumption is to prevent heat buildup in your home. Many appliances, lighting and electrical devices add heat to your home. Make sure you don’t have any of these heat items near your thermostat. It will trick the thermostat into thinking it must generate more cold air.
Speaking of thermostats, consider a programmable thermostat to automatically increase or decrease your cool air. Often times we forget if we are doing this manually. Running a continuous fan make your home feel cooler. Lowering the temperature by 2-3 degrees can save 3-5 % in energy consumption. The recommended levels are between 72-78 degrees. The federal guidelines are closer to 78 degrees. Running ceiling fans in conjunction with thermostat controls means you can go up 2-4 degrees and still remain comfortable. Give us a call so we can show you a full line of energy saving thermostats.
Running dehumidifier in your basement can also save energy. The real discomfort in a home comes from the summer humidity. If your basement has a high level of humidity, it spreads moisture throughout the entire house. Now your air conditioner needs to work harder to make the air comfortable.
Join a Peak Demands program. Most utility programs like Dakota Electric have a peak demand program. This means that for short periods of time during the peak hours for air conditioning use, it will automatically shut down your home system. They reward you with special rates for being on the peak demand programs.
If you have rooms that vary greatly in temperature, you may want to consider an air duct analysis. Air ducts that are not connected properly or are dirty will force your air conditioner to do heavy duty to keep all of the areas of your home comfortable.
Watch for Part III of our Summer Energy Saving Tips.