Turning on your air conditioner full blast is one of the easiest ways to beat the heat in Annapolis, Maryland, but it is far from the most energy-efficient method. You can save energy and money by keeping your home cool without relying heavily on the air conditioner.
Get the Air Moving With Ceiling Fans
One of the most effective ways to cool your home without an air conditioner is by turning on the ceiling fan. During the summer months, operate ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction to push cool air downward. The breeze helps evaporate perspiration and generates a mild wind chill, increasing your comfort level for just pennies a day.
Close the Curtains
Warm weather might tempt you to open the curtains and let in the sunlight, but doing so in the middle of the day can heat up your home. Keep the curtains closed, especially when the sun shines directly through your windows. If your home is greatly affected by solar heat gain, try adding a window film to block sunlight, or install awnings outside to shade windows and keep your home cooler.
Save With a Smart Thermostat
When it’s time to turn on the air conditioner, make sure to program your smart thermostat for maximum energy savings. Keep the temperature set to about 76 degrees while your family is home to enjoy the cool breeze. Set the temperature several degrees higher overnight and during the workday. Since you can connect to your smart thermostat from just about anywhere, you can use your tablet or smartphone app to change the temperature settings at a moment’s notice.
For optimal indoor comfort, be sure to purchase a smart thermostat that also controls humidity and ventilation. These added functions keep your home’s air fresh and humidity level moderate, so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you cool.
When summer really heats up, will your air conditioner be ready to handle your home’s cooling needs? Call the professionals at Coastal Heating and Air Conditioning Co. to schedule a maintenance appointment today, at 410-919-0110.
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