Summer is coming, and Texas residents know what that means. With the blazing hot temperatures and high humidity, you will want to make sure your cooling systems run as efficiently as possible. There are a number of ways you can save energy this summer, not only with your AC, but certain aspects of your home’s plumbing as well.
- Clean the air filter: A clogged air filter will force your AC to work harder than it needs to, resulting in higher energy consumption to achieve the desired cold air output. Changing the air filter is quick, easy, and inexpensive, so there’s no reason not to do it. Generally, you should change it monthly.
- Get a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat may cost a pretty penny, but it will help you save money in the long run. These high-tech devices can be programmed to lower usage when you are out of the house or asleep, and can therefore save you hundreds on energy bills. Some can even be adjusted remotely with your smartphone.
- Turn off the AC when you’re away: Summer is the season for vacations. While you’re away, you don’t need the AC running at all, so turning off the system will help you keep energy bills to a minimum for the week while you’re out. And for extra savings, turn off your water heater as well.
- Lower water heater temperature: You can actually get by really well on a lower temperature setting on your water heater. Turning it down to 120° can save as much as $60 on hot water over the course of a year.
- Insulate: Insulating your water heater prevents heat from being lost from the water in the tank, which will be especially helpful once colder temperatures hit next winter. As for your AC, insulating the coolant lines between the outdoor condenser unit and your home will help it run more efficiently.
- Clean the area around the AC unit: Dirt, shrubbery, and even animal nests can get in the way of efficient AC operation. Generally, you want to make sure you have about a foot of cleared space around the outdoor AC unit.
Keeping your HVAC and plumbing running smoothly is key to saving energy year round. In addition, there are a few other things you can do to cut down on energy costs:
- Keep the fridge closed at all times.
- Turn off the lights when you don’t need them.
- Unplug appliances when they’re not in use.
- Upgrade to more energy efficient light bulbs.
Also, getting your AC checked up regularly is key to energy efficiency. Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning can help you in that area.