Most people enjoy the warmer weather of spring and summer on the Outer Banks. However, many will see a significant increase in their energy costs during this time of year. Fortunately, there a few things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment and your wallet.
Use Windows To Access Cool Air
Windows are an effective way to capture cool air inside your home, primarily during the spring or cooler summer nights. On those cool summer nights, turn off your cooling system and open your windows. In the morning, shut the windows and blinds to keep the cool air inside. This method works best when windows and doors are properly sealed.
Use Fans To Cool Your Home
Fans circulate the air in your home, preventing hot air from accumulating at the ceiling. Ceiling fans can equalize the temperature in a living space, reducing the amount of work your air conditioning system has to do to keep a room cool. Using ceiling fans in rooms where people are present allows you to set your thermostat four degrees higher without any reduction in comfort.
Make sure your cooling system is properly maintained
Dirty filters and condenser coils can cause your cooling system to work harder, reducing the comfort level in your home and costing you lots of money. Filters should be replaced monthly and your system should be checked by a professional at least once per year.
Avoid Heating Your Home With Appliances And Lighting
Avoid using your oven on very hot days. You will also want to limit how much you use appliances that generate heat such as computers, televisions, clothes dryers, dishwashers and curling irons. It’s a good idea to wash only full loads of dishes and clothing during this time. Air drying these items can further reduce the heat generated by appliances in your home. Consider replacing incandescent fixtures with energy efficient fixtures to reduce energy costs and the amount of heat generated by lighting.
AirHandlers OBX specializes in HVAC installation, service and repair 24/7, 365 days a year. We service residents from the Currituck mainland to the Outer Banks area, including Carova, Hatteras Island, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Harbinger.
Please contact us to find out why we are the Outer Banks’ premier choice for heating and cooling maintenance and repair!