Summer in south means a lot of things — fireflies, lake days, backyard cookouts with gallons of sweet tea — but above all, southern summers mean heat. The heavy, humid, sidewalk egg-frying heat we all know and (mostly) love. The kind of heat that drives people to stay indoors and enjoy the air-conditioning. With temperatures outside often reaching above 90 degrees, your home AC unit is probably causing your energy bill to run higher than heat index. Here are a few ways you can minimize some of those costs and help keep your home comfortable through the dog days of summer:
1) Dress your windows.
It worked for Scarlett O’Hara, and it works for us. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 76% of the sunlight that shines in through your windows gets trapped inside and becomes heat. Curtains, blinds, and tinted window films can all help block the sun’s rays and keep your home made in the shade.
2) Flip that switch.
We’ll never tell you to turn the AC off (we’re not monsters!), but you can save energy by adjusting the temperature when you’re not home. Try setting the thermostat a few degrees higher when you’re out of the house, or program it to only run for certain hours of the day. This will help reduce your energy costs and keep your unit from being overworked.
3) Be your own biggest fan.
Ceiling fans, box fans, those collapsible fans your grandmother and her friends always carried in their purses — anything you can use to increase the airflow in your home will help circulate the cool air and save energy.
4) Oh, the humidity!
The amount of moisture in the air can actually help determine how high you should run your AC. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your AC unit’s fan to run high on low-humidity days and lowering the speed when the humidity increases. The slower air movement helps remove moisture from the air, making it more comfortable for you and your family.
5) Maintain your AC unit.
Simple maintenance can prevent epic disasters. Keep your AC unit clear of outside debris like leaves and branches, clean the fins on the side of the unit on a regular basis, and change your air filter at least twice a year.
Homeownership can come with a lot of unexpected costs, but an outrageous energy bill doesn’t have to be one of them! Contact us today to find out more about how Founders Insurance can protect your home and help save your hard-earned money.