Though the days are now getting shorter, most of us will still battle major heat in July and August, especially here in the Ozarks. At Jerry’s Heating and Cooling, we know that keeping your home cool becomes a top priority. Nearly 90 percent of Americans have air conditioning units, and thankfully, by making smart choices with your thermostat, you can strike a balance between comfort and cost savings. Let’s take a look at 4 ways to save money while staying cool during the summer months.
1. Optimize Your Temperature Settings
Setting your thermostat at the right temperature can make a substantial difference in your energy consumption. During the summer, aim for a temperature setting that is as close to the outdoor temperature as possible, while still providing the desired comfort level. Increasing the thermostat by just a few degrees can result in significant energy savings. As well, consider using a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature during periods when you are away from home, such as during working hours or vacations.
2. Use Energy-Saving Mode
Modern air conditioning systems often come equipped with an energy-saving mode or “eco” mode. When enabled, this feature optimizes the cooling cycle to consume less energy without sacrificing comfort. By activating this mode, you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills. Details about “eco” mode should be in your air conditioning system’s user manual (if you don’t have one, you can likely find it online or watch a YouTube tutorial).
3. Turn on Ceiling Fans for Enhanced Circulation
Ceiling fans are an excellent addition to your cooling strategy as they improve air circulation and create a gentle breeze. By using ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioning system, you can raise the thermostat setting by a few degrees while still enjoying the same level of comfort. Remember to set your ceiling fan to rotate counterclockwise during the summer months, as this creates a cooling effect by pushing air downward.
4. Take Advantage of Natural Ventilation
When the outside temperature is cooler and less humid than the desired indoor temperature, take advantage of natural ventilation by opening windows and using window fans or cross-ventilation techniques. This allows fresh air to circulate through your home, reducing the need for constant air conditioning. Embrace natural breezes during the cooler evenings and early mornings, and close windows and blinds during the hottest parts of the day to keep the cool air inside.
Saving money on air conditioning during the summer doesn’t mean sacrificing your comfort. By implementing these four strategies, you can maximize energy efficiency while enjoying a cool and comfortable living space. Remember to optimize your thermostat settings, utilize energy-saving modes, incorporate ceiling fans, and leverage natural ventilation when appropriate. By adopting these practices, you’ll not only reduce your energy bills but also contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Stay cool and save money this summer!