While the spring and summer bring much-needed relief from the cold weather, they bring their own set of challenges. Keeping your home comfortable during the Kansas City area’s cooling season can result in high energy bills. Here are some spring energy-saving tips to help you keep your bills down.
- Use windows at night. During the day you want to keep the warm, unfiltered air out of your home. During the night, however, it cools down enough so that you can turn off your air conditioner (A/C) and open your windows. This doesn’t work so well during excessively humid weather, however.
- Install a programmable thermostat. These new thermostats can help you optimize the energy you use to cool and heat your home. Regardless of the type of thermostat you have, set it as high as possible to avoid cooling your home more than necessary. Ceiling fans can keep you comfortable even when the thermostat is set relatively high.
- Maintain your cooling system. Whether you use an A/C or heat pump to cool your home, it will run more efficiently if properly maintained. Some maintenance you can do on your own at the start of the season, but you should call in a professional if you are serious about achieving peak efficiency and avoiding untimely breakdowns.
- Lay off the lighting. While appliances and lighting are necessary for modern life, minimize use when possible. Lights in particular generate significant heat, and older incandescent lights consume a lot of energy.
- Seal your home. Air sealing is a simple practice that will keep your hot outside air from infiltrating your home. You can attempt to do it yourself with some caulking and weatherstripping or bring in a professional to fix major leak issues.
These spring energy-saving tips will help you control your utility bills, but if you want to take the performance of your Greater Kansas City home’s HVAC system to the next level, please contact us at Overland Park Heating and Cooling.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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