August 29, 2017
In Bay Area neighborhoods, many of us have really been enjoying the recent weather. However, now’s the time to start thinking about how you can keep air conditioning costs down for the remainder of the season. A summer without AC in California is bound to be uncomfortable, but that doesn't mean your energy bill has to skyrocket in the next few weeks.
Looking to save money on AC costs or are you not comfortable on hotter days? Here are five easy ways to reach your goal:
1. Stop Paying to Cool Your Attic and Crawl Space!
If you’re not living in a well sealed home, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced what it’s like to deal with drafts that come out of random places throughout. In the winter, this means your all-important heat is escaping. In the summer? You’re cooling the entire neighborhood—except your home! (schedule a home energy score or a comprehensive energy assessment
to find out your homes efficiency level)
Uninsulated attics and cracks and gaps can all lead to loss of conditioned air in the home, which is why it’s essential to have a home energy expert audit the situation if you can’t seem to properly cool your home.
2. Place Your Thermostat on the Right Wall
Many homeowners don’t realize just how important it is that their thermostats be placed on the right wall. If it’s placed right next to a hot window, for example, your AC is likely to kick on way more often than is necessary, which leads to extensive energy loss. Your thermostat should be in a neutral area of the home in order to ensure proper functionality.
3. Close Your Windows and Blinds
Think keeping your blinds closed when the hot sun is shining won’t make a difference? Just try it—you’ll be shocked by the results. Ambient sunlight can come through your windows as if it’s coming through a magnifying glass, causing extensive amounts of heat to enter the home when it’s already hot enough outside as it is. The secret to this all-too-common problem? Close your blinds during the day—especially if you’re not going to be home at all.
4. Air Conditioning Maintenance and Coil Cleaning
At the end of the day, your HVAC equipment is only going to operate with as much efficiency as it’s capable of. If it hasn’t been maintained in years, this means you’re going to lose quite a bit in terms of cooling power and energy efficiency, costing you both money and comfort as a result. Scheduling a maintenance appointment with Hassler is an excellent way to keep your AC working the way it should be, and we’re only a phone call or email away.
5. Install a New, High-Efficiency AC
If your air conditioner is older and experiencing problems that are difficult to mitigate, it may be time for a replacement. We can help you choose an AC that will not only cool your home with ease, but will save you money in the process.
When you replace your old, inefficient equipment, Hassler will help you receive the highest possible rebates from Energy Upgrade California. This makes your new system affordable and increases the efficiency of your home. Help California reach its energy reduction goals!