Following these tips to keep your home cooler this summer will help you save energy and wear and tear on your HVAC system. Keeping your home cooler means your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard to keep your home at the set temperature, which also reduces your energy consumption and saves you money. Let's take a look at the tips to help you stay cooler and save money too.
1. Close blinds, curtains and shades - Close your blinds, curtains or shades during the day to reflect sunlight and prevent it from warming up your home through the windows.
2. Close the doors to unused rooms - Close the doors to unused rooms to trap the cool air in there. It decreases the amount of space your HVAC has to work to cool down by keeping it cooler in those unused rooms. Your HVAC won't have to work as hard to keep you cool and it will save you money.
3. Change HVAC filter every 30 days for optimum air flow - Gunked up, grimy air filters obstruct air flow and make your HVAC work harder to cool your home.
4. Use ceiling fans - Simply using the ceiling fans can make a room feel as much as four degrees cooler. This helps keep you more comfortable and you can even raise your thermostat a few degrees and save money without sacrificing comfort.
5. Add insulation to your home - Many homes are not properly insulated, particularly in attic spaces. Make sure your walls and attic are properly insulated to help keep heat out and cool in during the summer.
6. Cook outdoors - Use your grill or outdoor kitchen to cook as many days per week as you can. You'll avoid heating up your home with the stove or oven, which makes your HVAC work harder to keep things cool.
7. Plant trees - Plant trees so that they will provide shade to the sides of your house that get the most sunlight. This will help keep your home cooler naturally.
8. Upgrade your HVAC - If your HVAC is more than 10 years old (the average lifespan), then you might benefit greatly from a new, high-efficiency HVAC system. Newer systems are more efficient at keeping things cool and are also more energy efficient so it will also save you money on your power bill.
Beat the heat by using these tips to keep your home cooler this summer. You'll not only enjoy increased comfort but you'll also increase your energy efficiency. Better energy efficiency means your utility bills will be lower. If you are ready to upgrade your HVAC or need assistance keeping your home cooler this summer, call Carolina Comfort Systems.