The temperature in the Charlotte area for today and tomorrow is supposed to reach 83°. That is getting pretty warm considering it's only March 14th. If this is any indication of things to come we may be in store for a hot summer! This means your air conditioning is going to be working over-time.
I thought it could be a good time to go over a few simple ways you can be more efficient in your home, therefore saving money.
Maintain Your System - Besides simple homeowner duties, like changing your air filters there are many other steps to properly maintaining your unit. It would pay you to look into our AC Maintainence package. Our trained professionals will come out and properly check your system inside and out.
Change Air Filters - Dirt and dust can clog up your air ducts. This is an easy step any homeowner can do to make sure your HVAC system doesn't work harder than it has to.
Adjust Your Thermostat - Keep your thermostat above 72° and use ceiling fans to help cool your home. For each degree above 72, you will save an average of 1% on your cooling bill! Also, when you are away from home, bump your thermostat up above 80 degrees to save even more.
Plug Air Leaks - Look for any cracks in your doors and windows for air leaks. You can use weather stripping or sometimes caulking to seal these leaks for another simple energy savings tip.
Close Curtains - During the day you can close your curtains to limit the sun's heat from baking your home and in turn raising your home's internal temperature.
Run The Bathroom Fan - when you shower to remove heat and humidity. Although, remember don't keep the bathroom exhaust fan running for an extended period of time. This can actually pull your cool air out of the house.
Unplug Electronics - If you aren't using an item that's plugged into the wall, unplug it. Those chargers and other miscellaneous cords can zap power, even when not in use.
Run Your Dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
I hope some of these tips save your some money this upcoming spring and summer season! For more tips and info view our main MTB Heating and Air site.