20 Ways to Beat the Heat
The scorching heat of summer is here and it can be tough on our bodies and our electric bills! Though summer is the season of outdoor fun, barbecues, and sunshine, it can also be the season of sunburns and stifling heat. Don't let the temperature get you down, implement these strategies to keep your sanity and your utility bills low.
How To Keep Utility Costs Low in Summer Months
1. Set the thermostat up a degree or two when you're home and a lot more when you're away. Each degree you offset your thermostat reduces you air conditioning expense by 3% to 4%. If you don't have one, consider adding a programmable thermostat to take care of the job for you.
2. Shut off lights when no one's in a room. Only 5% to 10% of the electricity used in an incandescent light bulb is for light. The rest is heat waste. Consider motion detector light switches, which will automatically shut off when no one has been in the room for 10-15 minutes.
3. Use your ceiling fans to generate air movement, allowing you to set your thermostat a degree or two higher, while still feeling cool and comfortable.
4. If you have a standing pilot furnace, turning off the pilot will save 3% to 9% on your cooling costs.
5. Cook smart. As much as possible, cook with your microwave oven and outdoor grill to avoid adding heat to your home.
6. When you do cook inside, use the kitchen range hood to exhaust the heat to the outside.
7. Run your bathroom fans during baths and showers to exhaust heat and moisture.
8. Attic temperatures can easily reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Install power vents or attic fans to lower attic temperatures.
9. Add extra insulation to your home.
10. Replace or clean the filters of your air conditioner monthly. In the summer, you air conditioner gets a workout and the filters get dirty faster.
11. Close blinds and draperies on Southern and Western exposures to prevent solar heat gain.
12. It's not too late to get your air conditioner tuned-up. Utility research shows that annual tune-ups pay for themselves in just a couple of summer months through utility savings. Plus, a tune-up can restore lost capacity (i.e. better cooling).
13. Wear loose fitting, light clothes to increase your comfort levels at a higher thermostat setting.
14. Check for drafts and air leaks around windows, doors, recessed lighting fixtures, and attic hatches. Replace weather stripping when leaks are found.
15. Add outlet gaskets to outlets located on exterior walls.
16. Wash dishes and laundry in the early morning or at night when your air conditioner has excess cooling capacity.
17. Wrap the hot water pipe leading from your water heater to your hot water piping.
18. Turn off electronics (i.e. computers, printers, monitors, stereos, TV) when not in use. They are heat generators.
19. Have your ducts inspected. Duct leakage could account for 25% to 30% of your air conditioning costs and also result in lost cooling capacity.
20. Cut your cooling bills in half and increase your comfort with a new high efficiency air conditioner or heat pump.
Staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air conditioning running day and night.
Call the professionals in East Stroudsburg at Nauman Mechanical to have your central air conditioning unit inspected and maintenanced. With 24/7 emergency service and expert technicians, Nauman Mechanical is the company you can trust with all your home service needs. Schedule your appointment today. Nauman Mechanical, helping you to live comfortably.