You don’t have to be uncomfortable in your home to save money. Increasing energy savings can actually enhance home comfort, if you know which steps to take. From simple adjustments to small projects, there are plenty of things homeowners in Arizona can do to improve home performance.
Simple steps for home comfort:
- Run ceiling fans to circulate the cool air your system produces. The wind chill will lift heat and moisture off your skin, and you’ll be reducing the workload on your cooling system. Using fans, you should be able to raise your thermostat a few degrees.
- Speaking of programmable thermostats, why not raise it a few degrees anyway? Doing so won’t have much effect on home comfort, and if you raise it several degrees higher when the household is empty or asleep, your savings will be greater.
- Reduce your water heater’s temperature a few degrees.
- Wash your clothes with cold water, and ensure the dryer’s full when you run it. Dry your clothes on a line in the sun for even more savings.
Small projects to increase home comfort:
- You’ve probably been told about sealing air leaks before, but we’ll say it again. According to the federal Energy Star program, you can lose 20 percent through leaky ducts, and another 20 percent through cracks in your building. That’s not even accounting for attic leaks. For the ducts, use duct mastic. For the building and attic, use caulk, spray foam and weather stripping.
- Switch out your light bulbs for high-efficiency LEDs.
- Invest in high-efficiency HVAC equipment. High-efficiency equipment produces more home comfort while consuming less energy. There are many modern designs that can save energy in multiple ways, such as heat pumps, which efficiently function as both cooling and heating systems.
- Have a professional energy evaluation to determine exactly where your home performance falls short. This can tell you what steps could have the biggest effect on your comfort and savings.
Contact Cooper Climate Control today, your heating & cooling specialist for expert assistance in increasing your home’s efficiency. We’re proud to serve anywhere from Phoenix to San Tan Valley!