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We all enjoy summer here in our corner of the world, with its long hot days which often can reach 110 -120 degrees! You know that there are times it is hot enough to keep your food warm without even turning on your oven – though this probably isn’t recommended!
Most of us look at summer as a time to stay cool inside with the air conditioning blasting or staying cool at the pool. Of course, it feels nice to stay inside and stay cool but it can also be the most expensive time of year as far as your energy bill goes. The high heat can make your HVAC system work harder to keep it cooler; this demand creates greater stress on the Phoenix utility grid.
One way to keep your energy costs low and limit the stress on the power grid is to reduce your energy use during the summer. Even in September as the Summer dwindles, the heat can be daunting. By following these energy-efficiency tips, you can reduce energy costs, and lessen your impact on the environment at the same time while still staying cool and comfortable all year round.
Reduce peak time energy usage
When the sun first peaks in the morning it can be much cooler outside but as the sun rises in the sky we feel the world heat up and temperature rise. The hottest hours of the day are between 11 am-6 pm. Once the sun starts to lower in the sky in the evening it becomes cooler the demand for energy decreases.
Take advantage of this cool time and cool down the house. Air conditioning is standard in Arizona but for those who use windows to keep the house cool a basic rule of thumb is that you should close your windows when the temperature outside starts to exceed the temperature inside. While this may seem counterintuitive, as the temperature climbs, you’ll often make your home warmer, not cooler, by opening the windows.
Another aspect to consider is that it’s a great time to avoid running multiple appliances between peak hours. You may need to have your air conditioner at full blast but wait to run your dishwasher, washing machine, and vacuum till later in the day when things cool off.
Program your thermostat
Most home thermostats can be programmed automatically to change throughout the day. For instance, as the temperature drops at night, you can program your thermostat to automatically reduce the air conditioning temperature as well. This way you can avoid forgetting to turn it up at night and needlessly wasting energy. Similarly, if your household leaves during the day for work or school you can avoid wasting energy by tuning it down. Program it to turn on stronger an hour before everyone comes home so you can ensure that the home is at the perfect temperature when everyone comes home.
Have your HVAC system regularly maintained
Your HVAC system does a lot of work and if you take good care of it then you can ensure it can work smarter not harder. This includes changing air filters, checking ducting and vents, and making sure every aspect of your AC system is functioning properly. Most HVAC systems work great for around 10 years. After this point, you may want to shop around for advancements in systems. HVAC systems continue to become more efficient every year, so you may be surprised how far they’ve come and how much money they can help you save in the long run by keeping them up to date. In addition, make sure your home is sealed and secure. Gaps in windows and doors can let valuable cooling and heating energy go right out the door. A well-maintained HVAC system includes a well-insulated home.
Invest in CC Sunscreens
The sun in our town can be unforgiving at times. It causes solar gain which increases the heat in your home and outdoor patio significantly. The heat from the sun is infrared light which creates the sun’s warming effect. In addition, the sunlight also carries harmful UV rays which can damage your skin, cause cancer, and fade your indoor furniture.
Investing in our screens for your outdoor patio and windows can not only reduce the temperature of your home but can protect you from 90 percent of harmful UV rays. Protect your home, save on cooling costs, and keep your skin safe with CC Sunscreens. To find out more contact us for a consultation today!