When your household is energy efficient, it takes far less energy consumption to provide the same level of summer comfort. What does that mean? It means you spend less on energy costs, freeing up extra cash for fun summer activities.
With that in mind, Dayton area residents should consider some of our top tips for summer energy savings:
- Thermostat settings – By keeping your thermostat at 76 degrees, bumping it up to 82 degrees when you’re away, you can make a significant dent in household energy consumption.
- Ceiling fans – To help maintain comfort while using higher thermostat settings, try running your ceiling fans. The wind-chill effect created by the breeze can help you stay comfortable even with temperature settings 4 degrees higher on average. It is important to remember, however, to turn ceiling fans off when you are not in the room as they do not actually lower household temperatures.
- Air filters – Clogged filters restrict air flow, compromise indoor air quality, and put a tremendous strain on your HVAC system. Inspecting filters monthly, cleaning and changing as needed, will help improve system efficiency and household energy savings.
- Seal and insulate – Weatherproof your home against air leaks to prevent the unwanted exchange of heat and moisture. Common points of leakage include the attic, around windows and doors, and through air gaps where pipes, ducts and wires pass through walls, floors and ceilings.
- Energy Star – Products carrying the federal Energy Star label are designed to provide household energy savings. From simple light bulbs to windows to high-efficiency air conditioners with programmable thermostats, the Energy Star label means optimal energy efficiency.
- Duct sealing – An estimated 20 percent of conditioned air lost by forced-air systems leaks out through improperly sealed ducts. While you can attempt to address accessible duct leaks with duct mastic, consulting a professional will ensure that the job is done right, even in those areas that you are unable to reach.
By implementing just a few of these cost-effective tips for energy savings, you can enjoy increased household comfort and energy savings over the summer. For more information, contact Detmer & Sons, Inc. today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.