There isn’t a one of us who wouldn’t want to keep the AC running at full blast all day long during the long hot summer months and not have to be remotely concerned about the consequences. But, as we all very well know, this is not practical nor realistic since running your AC system all day long nonstop, all summer long, can most assuredly wear down the equipment over time and cause you to have to replace it much sooner than would be typically necessary. Further, blasting the air conditioning all day will, without a doubt, increase your utility bills drastically.
Here at Hometown Comfort we want to help our valued clients be able to reduce their utility bills and utilize their AC system to provide their homes and families with much needed comfort and reasonable temperatures throughout the summer months. We know how tempting it can be to just turn the AC on and forget about it, but we also know how costly taking such a step can be. Cooling your home without adding to your utility bills in the summertime is absolutely doable, you just have to know what to do and dedicate a wee bit of time to do it.
For starters, turning on a ceiling or box fan, though it will not actually lower the temperature in a room and cool it down, will help you to feel a bit of cooling comfort when you are nearby to the fan. Ceiling fans obviously use much less energy than your AC system, but when you run the ceiling fan and AC unit together the results are effective and efficient and will allow the AC to run for shorter spans of time which will definitely contribute to lower utility bills.
Be mindful of how you use other heat sources in your home. For instance, it is always best to run your appliances that produce heat such as your dishwasher or your dryer after it starts to cool down outside. Also, it is wise when the temperatures are extreme to avoid using your oven during the hot daytime hours and wait until the cooler evening hours to use it. Also, closing your window treatments during the hot summer days will keep the excessive heat out. Make certain to open the windows in the cooler evening hours whenever you can instead of running your central AC system which will surely help to reduce energy costs and utility bills.
Another practical way to beat the heat this summer is to invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat affords homeowners a wide range of specialized settings including setting day and night temperatures for your home well in advance for the entire week and other innovative settings that will contribute to the comfort in your home as well.
Finally, you can invest in a dehumidifier which can definitely help to keep your living space cooler and at a remarkably lower cost. The folks here at Hometown Comfort highly recommend a whole house dehumidifier since it would work right along with your air conditioner to control all the various humidity levels throughout the house and surely help to beat the heat all summer long. In addition, the use of a dehumidifier may provide enough ‘cool’ in your room, allowing you to use the central air conditioner a bit less and again contributing to reduced energy costs.
If you are concerned about high utility bills from running your AC system and are looking for ways to effectively and efficiently beat the heat this summer, then be certain to try out some of these helpful suggestions above and don’t hesitate to contact the professionals here at Hometown Comfort for not only advice needed, but for all your heating and air conditioning needs. We look forward to serving you and to helping you and your family enjoy the coolest and most comfortable temperatures in your home all summer long!