Originally published in July 2017, updated May 2020
Summertime in Eufaula, Alabama, often means kicking the air conditioning system lower during those hot, sticky days. But running your air conditioner doesn’t have to be a huge waste of energy or money. From using ceiling fans to investing in a dehumidifier, follow these tips to save energy this summer.
Turn on Ceiling Fans To Feel Cooler and Save Energy
At Indoor Solutions, we never underestimate the power of ceiling fans. While these devices can’t actually lower the temperature in your home, their ability to circulate air quickly makes you feel cooler. That means you can turn up your thermostat to save energy without losing your cool. Ceiling fans cool people, not air. As the fan circulates the cooler air the wind chill on your skin makes it feel several degrees cooler. Make sure your fans are running counterclockwise in the summer.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance to Save Energy
An efficient, cost-effective air conditioner is a well-maintained one. That’s why our team recommends scheduling HVAC maintenance at least once a year. During a standard tuneup, our team will inspect and clean your HVAC system, making sure that it runs efficiently and keeps your costs down all season long.
Tackle Humidity Issues
Humidity can make you feel hotter without letting on that it’s the culprit. You’ll never be able to tame excess moisture outdoors, but you can certainly keep humidity in check within your home. If your air conditioner doesn’t do enough to moderate moisture levels on its own, we recommend investing in a whole-house dehumidifier. This advanced HVAC add-on pulls moisture from the air, helping your family feel much cooler on a hot day.
Reschedule Household Chores
Cooking, cleaning, and bathing can add a lot of heat and moisture to your home’s air, especially if you’re using the oven or running hot water. Make a point of cooking and cleaning in the evenings or early mornings to keep excess heat and humidity to a minimum. Doing this will give your HVAC system a break and prevent it from overworking on hot summer days.
Whether your air conditioner needs maintenance or you’re in the market for a new system, we can help. Call Indoor Solutions Inc. for information about a new system or to schedule a maintenance appointment.