It might not feel like it yet, but spring is this month! And that means spring holidays, blooming flowers, and warmer weather. To keep your HVAC system running efficiently and your energy costs low this spring, we’ve got 13 spring energy saving tips for you to use.
Take Advantage of Your Windows
If you live in a place where temperatures get a little cooler at night, like West Virginia, take advantage of the natural cool air by giving your AC a break and leaving your windows open at night.
If you do this, make sure to shut the windows early in the morning to trap all the cool air in your home, and keep the warm air out.
Keep Your AC Clear of Blockage
If you haven’t already cleaned your outdoor unit when completing your spring HVAC maintenance, now’s your chance!
Make sure that no trees, weeds, shrubs, or other obstructions are blocking your AC unit. Any blockages can disrupt airflow which leads to higher energy consumption and costs.
Be a Fan of Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to help keep your home cool without using as much AC energy or putting unnecessary strain on your unit.
With your ceiling fans on, you can set your thermostat 4 degrees higher, without sacrificing comfort.
Just make sure to turn your ceiling fans off when you leave the room. Fans keep you cool by creating a windchill effect, but they don’t really keep rooms cool.
Lower the Temperature With the Right Lights
Lights can produce a lot of heat, but luckily a quick and easy energy saving tip you can follow this spring is installing efficient light bulbs that run cooler.
You can also save on energy costs by taking advantage of natural lighting, instead of artificial light. Natural lighting in the spring is only really useful in the early day and later evening, as the direct sunlight of the afternoon will create too much heat.
Decorate Your Windows
If your windows are bare, get yourself some blinds or curtains to avoid direct sunlight, and keep the sun (and heat) out during the hottest times of the day.
Seal up Any Leaks
Keeping leaks around your home, especially gaps around your windows, doors, and other openings are essential year round. In the winter these gaps let cold air in and spike your heating bills, and with the warmer months of spring, they let warm air into your home, increasing your need for AC.
Use caulking, sealant, or weather stripping to keep the warm air out of your home this spring.
Turn Down the Water Temperature
Warmer weather means your water heater doesn’t have to work as hard and that you don’t need scalding hot water, so score some energy saving points by lowering your water temperature to around 120 degrees Farenheight.
According to the Department of Energy, water heating makes up 18% of your home’s heating consumption, so lowering the water heater temperature can make a more significant difference than you might think.
Check That Your AC Can Handle the Summer Heat
If your AC unit is old, or it hasn’t been functioning optimally, don’t wait until it gives out on you on the hottest day of the summer.
Have it checked out during the spring by your local HVAC experts, and if it’s time for an upgrade, make sure to choose a high-efficiency system.
Clean Your Air Filters
We mention cleaning out your air filters a lot, but only because it’s super important for your HVAC system’s efficiency, and because it’s easy to do!
Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance
There are lots of DIY things you can do to ensure that your HVAC system stays running efficiently all year
For the more complex but necessary HVAC maintenance, leave it to the experts, so you don’t have to sweat a thing.
An Excuse to BBQ
Warm weather and BBQs go hand in hand, but if you need an extra excuse to get grilling, think about how it’ll save you on cooling costs.
Using your oven or stove raises temperatures in your home, meaning your AC has to work harder to keep temperatures comfortable. Opting to head outside and start the grill leads to energy savings and tasty BBQ.
Clean Out Your Refrigerator
You might not think much about your refrigerator when it comes to energy saving tips, but refrigerators are a huge source of energy consumption.
GIving your refrigerator a full cleaning will help it run more efficiently, leading to less energy consumption and more savings for you.
Use a duster or vacuum to clear dust from refrigerator coils, and remove old or excess food for optimal airflow.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, you should get one. Programmable thermostats make energy saving easier all year round.
In the spring use a programmable thermostat to adjust settings for different times of the day depending on when people are home and when no one is.
Spring Into Energy Savings With AirXperts
Whether you’re looking for more energy saving tips or need help getting your HVAC system all ready for summer, we’re here for you.
For comfort and energy savings this spring and all year round, contact AirXperts for all your HVAC needs!