Feeling hot, hot, hot? We can help.
Summer is officially here! And that means all of us—from Indianapolis, Fishers and Geist to Anderson and McCordsville—are finally experiencing the season’s heat and humidity. With prices rising on everything else, no one can afford a higher energy bill too. So here are some tips to help lower the temperature and your expenses.
Summer Energy Saving Tips:
- Is your air conditioner 10 to 15 years old or need substantial repairs? Consider replacing it with a new, high-efficiency system, which uses about half the energy of your old A/C.
- Keep your drapes and blinds closed! Sun shining in through un-shaded windows can account for one-third of the load on your air conditioner.
- Install the proper amount of insulation in exterior walls, roof and ceilings and cut your energy bills dramatically.
- Turn up your air conditioner to the highest comfortable setting: 76 to 78 degrees when you’re home and 80 degrees when you’re away. Adjusting your thermostat up even a few degrees can significantly lower your cooling bill.
- Clean and replace your A/C filter monthly or as needed.
- Trim or remove any shrubs, trees or bushes around your outdoor air conditioner. Leave and limbs can interfere with the efficiency of your unit.
- Turn off unnecessary lights in your house. Also, switch to energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs, which give off less heat than traditional bulbs.
- Resist the urge to open your windows on cool nights to give your air conditioner a break. Humidity is a significant drain on your cooling system. Keep your windows closed at night to keep humidity out of your house; otherwise your air conditioner has to work that much harder the next day when you turn it back on.
- Also have an old refrigerator? If your fridge is 10 to 15 years old, it may be time to buy a new ENERGY STARÒ unit instead, which uses approximately one-third less energy.
Don’t sweat through another summer—or sweat getting your utility bills in the mail. Do you live in Marion County, Hamilton County or Madison County? Then give us a call if you need a new cooling system or if your current air conditioner needs inspected or repaired. Also, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook!