As temperatures in southwest Florida heat up for the season, many homeowners become interested in techniques for saving energy and reducing cooling costs. Here are some useful tips on how to save energy at home in the summer. These suggestions can help you reduce energy consumption while trimming your monthly cooling bills:
- Use a programmable thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to better control temperatures in your home. These electronic devices allow you to use set points to automatically reduce the amount of cooling provided by your HVAC equipment during times when it’s not needed. For example, the thermostat can let your cooling system run at a lower level during the day when you’re not at home. Then, it can automatically increase cooling an hour or so before you get home to ensure your home is cool and comfortable when you need it.
- Reduce heat gain: Heat gain is excess heat produced by sunlight, appliances, and other devices. Close drapes during the day to keep excess sunlight out of your home. Avoid operating cooking ovens or heat-producing appliances during the day when outdoor temperatures are at their highest. Instead, use microwave ovens or smaller toaster ovens for cooking.
- Increase insulation: Add more insulation to your home’s walls, and ceiling to reduce heat transfer from the outdoors. Make sure your attic is thoroughly insulated; attics can get very hot in the summer, and this heat will radiate downward, increasing temperatures throughout your home.
- Improve your home’s seal: Find and seal holes, cracks, gaps, and other openings where cool air could leak out or hot outside air could get in. Use caulking to seal around door and window frames and casings. Add weatherstripping around doors and windows to stop drafts and air leaks. Make sure the ductwork in your HVAC system is in good condition and that all connections are sealed with mastic or metal tape.
Conditioned Air serves heating, cooling, and indoor air quality customers in Naples and the surrounding communities in southwest Florida. Contact us today for more information on how to save energy at home in the summer.