Has an inflated electric bill given you heartburn this summer? With your central air conditioning running regularly during the hottest weeks of summer, your home energy costs can easily go through the roof.
Don’t turn off your A/C and suffer through baking, humid afternoons to save cash. The experienced HVAC team at Homestead Comfort has helped families in Tolland, Hartford, and Windham Counties stay comfortable for over 30 years. We have some simple tips to help you stay cool without breaking the bank.
On a day-to-day basis, we recommend you keep your thermostat around 78 degrees Fahrenheit to limit your energy consumption while remaining comfortable.
Additionally, The U.S. Department of Energy advises that households can save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling expenses annually by turning back thermostat settings 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day. You can program your thermostat to reduce A/C use when you’re asleep or out of the house.
Even better, you can get a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. These devices let you control temperatures remotely from your phone. And they can even make their own intuitive energy-saving changes.
You can reduce your central A/C operations for pennies a day with ceiling fans. These simple household fixtures make rooms feel more comfortable by moving air around. This will help you keep your thermostat temperature a little higher during the day.
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for airflow in your cooling system to become obstructed. This obstruction leads to increased cycling by your central A/C equipment. Here are a few ways to ensure that you’re getting strong airflow to your rooms:
Yearly HVAC maintenance is like a physical for your central A/C. It allows a professional technician to test and calibrate the system, clean any components that need it and fix small issues before they lead to an expensive breakdown. The relatively low cost of an annual tune-up is offset by lower energy consumption, fewer repairs and an extended A/C service life.
If your home’s cooling system is over a decade old, you could be missing out on efficient technologies that can lower your operating costs and make your home more comfortable. The expert HVAC team at Homestead Comfort is happy to show you some high-efficiency A/C options. You may even qualify for a generous federal tax credit for installing ENERGY STAR-rated central air equipment!
If you’re interested in finding even more ways to make your home comfort systems more efficient, reach out to us for a Home Energy Assessment.