If this is not your first Plano summer than you may know some tricks to help keep cool without increasing your energy costs. We have lived here most of our lives and we find that it never hurts to revisit the ideas for keeping cool so we thought we would share the top 5 tips with you today:
- Regular Maintenance
If you’re planning on using your air conditioner daily you want to make sure it’s in the best working condition possible. In order to perform its best it needs to work best. In order to work best it should have regular maintenance checks. Some things that need to be look at during these maintenance checks include:
- Filter replacements
- Professional servicing
- And interior cleaning
- Check Insulation
While using the natural breeze coming in from your windows is always an option, sometimes using the AC is a better choice during intense heat waves. If you choose the latter option, make sure you aren’t using the first as well. Close all your windows when using the AC and make sure none of your cool air is seeking out. Making sure there are no cracks in your windows and that the outside of your home is properly insulated can all be done at the hands of an expert.
- Consider an Upgrade
If you don’t already have one you might want to consider upgrading your thermostat to a “smart thermostat.” While we realize how pricey this purchase may be, it might save you more in the long run. Some features that could save you more include:
- Cross-platform integration
- Remote controls
- Custom temperature programs
4. 8-Hour Rule
A good rule of thumb is to go by the 8-hour rule. Most adults work 8 hours a day. If this is the case for you, it’s probably a good idea to turn your air conditioning off or down while you’re at work and only turn it up or on while you are home. If you have kids that stay at home while you work this may be more difficult, but that’s where the smart thermostat comes in handy because you can set it at a custom temperature during the day and a different temperature in the evenings when you are home.
- Stay Consistent
Finally, as with most electronics it’s important to stay consistent. If you are the only person in your house and are able to turn it off during the day then do so and turn it on in the evenings. However if you do have a family and need to keep it on during the day make sure you keep it at the same temperatures each time you change it. Repeatedly going up and down and on and off likely wastes more energy than saves.
If you haven’t been using these tips so far, now’s a good time to start! If you start using these tips now you should see a significant decrease in your electric bill for the rest of your summer! Some of these tips can also be used to save energy for the upcoming winter season as well.
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