Summer is a great season. With the sun shining, outdoor activities, and social gatherings, summer is meant for great vibes. However, there may be a few parts of summer that we wish didn't have to come with all the good. As much as we love warm weather and that shining sun, summer can also bring heated temperatures and humidity. With that type of weather also comes blasting your air-conditioner (AC).
The problem with constantly blasting your AC is that sometimes you may not be home, even if the AC is running. Or, you may not need your AC on at total capacity. Both can add up in electricity costs, which is a waste of money for you. The good news is that there are ways to control your AC during these hot summer days, and here's how to do so.
Increase Your Temperature When You're Not Home
A simple and easy adjustment to controlling your air conditioner is to turn the temperature higher when you're not home. If during the week the house is empty because you're off to work, then you can program your thermostat to turn up the temperature for those set hours. This way, you're not wasting precious cool air when no one is home.
The same goes for if you're away for a long weekend. Why should you have your air running when you're away? If you can find ways to increase the temperature for the times you're not home, your AC system will use less energy and work less hard. Because of this, it will also last longer, cutting your cooling costs down.
Use Fans to Help
If you want to use less power when it comes to your AC, incorporate a fan or two into the mix! Fans are another great ventilation system that can blow air to keep you cool. You can use larger fans to help keep a room with people in it cool, or smaller personalized battery-operated fans to keep just you cool. However, it's important to note that you want to turn off your electric fans when you're not in the room to save electrical costs.
If it's humid outside, a dehumidifier can also help remove the moisture which can also make it feel cooler in the room. This will allow you to not lower your AC anymore.
Open Your Windows at Night
Typically speaking, temperatures tend to cool down at night. Sometimes, you'll even get a crisper night or a light breeze, which can feel quite pleasant. To save you from lowering your AC, try shutting off your AC at night and opening your windows, allowing you to feel that cooler air. Opening enough windows can really freshen up the house and make it feel very cool. Plus, the AC off means lower cooling costs!
Close Your Shades During The Day
The sun makes you feel hot, so it's no surprise that when the sun shines through your windows, your home can feel warmer. This will make your AC work full force. By closing your shades and/or using dim-lit shades, you can block the sunlight coming into your home. This action will prevent most of the sun's heat from peaking into your house.
Get a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a great and easy way to help you control your AC without you having to do all the work. You can program a smart thermostat to have a schedule. This will allow the AC to kick on and off when you want it to, during certain times of the day.
The best part? You won't have to remember to change the thermostat whenever you leave. It's also great for long periods of time (like when you're on vacation). The smart thermostat system will adjust automatically based on the schedule you've set for each day.
By installing a smart thermostat, you can save energy and save costs on your electricity bill in no time by getting rid of unnecessary cooling.
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