Energy efficiency is a great goal, but what if it's really hot this summer? Do you need to give up your cool house just to save money on utilities? Does being a good global citizen mean a sweltering summer? Here are the only two rules you need to keep your house cool this summer without giving up on efficiency:
Rule #1: Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Old thermostats had no way of improving your energy efficiency, but technology has come a long way. A smart thermostat can help you program your cooling system to adjust to your lifestyle and comfort level. As a result, you only keep your house ultra-cool when you need it, and a little warmer when you don't. This can help save up to 30% on your energy bills without giving up on your comfy home.
Rule #2: Service Your HVAC System
Nothing improves your energy efficiency like a properly tuned, cleaned and maintained HVAC system. When the moving parts lack lubrication, when there is dirt and debris in the vents and air filter, and when the equipment isn't cleaned and calibrated as it should be, it's not going to run at peak performance. If it isn't running at peak performance, it's using more energy than it should to do the same job. Have your system maintained twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, to be sure it's as efficient as possible.
Even if you're a rule breaker, you'll want to take care to follow the two that can help you stay cool and lower your monthly cooling bills. For more information on how to increase your energy efficiency this summer, contact our pro team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.