How to make your home more energy-efficient this summer
Summer is in full swing here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Most of us are forced to crank down the thermostat setting, meaning we’ll see high energy bills.
The good news is that you can still enjoy the comfort of your air conditioner without having to pay high energy bills. Here we have listed five tips that can help you to help you get to a more energy-efficient home this summer.
#1. Use a ceiling or table fan
You can use ceiling or table fans to reduce the cooling requirement inside the home. Consider running the fan in counter clockwise direction. This will create a wind chill effect allowing you to reduce the temperature by three to five degrees. Remember to turn off the when not in the room. Using the fan in this way can drastically cut the home cooling bill.
#2. Plant trees around the house
One of the best ways to make the house energy efficient is by planting trees around the house. The U.S. Department of Energy states that planting trees can greatly reduce the energy required for heating typical house. Trees can block sunlight from entering the home. This will mean that your air conditioner won’t have to strain when cooling the room.
#3. Use a programmable thermostat
If you have not installed a programmable thermostat, it’s recommended that you get one. Programmable thermostats can result in efficient use of the air conditioner, and a more energy-efficient home.
The device allows you to set a high temperature when less cooling is required such as during the night or when everyone is away. This will help conserve energy and money.
#4. Block sunlight by closing blinds and curtains
Most people love it when the sun shines through the windows. However, the sun’s rays also silently warm up the rooms. You should block sunlight from entering the room by closing blinds or curtains. This can shave off about 7 percent of your monthly energy bill.
#5. Schedule regular AC maintenance with Wagner
Regular air conditioner checkups can also help keep the energy bills down. Keep in mind that your air conditioner undergoes wear-and-tear over the summer. Getting the system checked and repaired can help prevent costly repairs.
A technician will thoroughly inspect the air conditioner to ensure that everything is in good condition. In case any problem is detected, the technician will perform the required repairs. This will help keep the system running efficiently, resulting in reduced energy bills. Also, this will extend the lifespan of the air conditioner.
Have Wagner help your energy-efficient home dreams with AC services!
If you reside in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, New Mexico, call Wagner. We have expert technicians who can help you with a number of AC services that can boost your home’s energy-efficiency. Whether you want to schedule a checkup or install a new air conditioner, we have you covered.