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How to Save Energy While Using Air Conditioning

July 06, 2018 Energy Efficient Air Conditioning Hanson's Plumbing & Heating

June, July, and August can be overwhelmingly hot and humid. Your bank account feels the heat as well when the a/c stays on. Feeling comfortable on hot and humid days becomes a necessity, especially when temperatures reach the 90s. Follow these tips to save energy while using air conditioning this summer.

Program Your Thermostat

If you leave your house for work or a trip, set your thermostat 10 degrees warmer than your usual comfortable temperature while you are home.  Upgrading to a new smart thermostat allows for greater control and automated energy saving features.

Reduce Humidity

The lower the humidity in your home, the higher you can comfortably set your thermostat and still feel cool. To reduce the humidity level, install a dehumidifier, seal up any air leaks, and use a smart thermostat that works with your specific equipment.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Your air conditioner can last longer and run most efficiently when you receive your annual tune-ups. Remember to check the air filter for every month the a/c is in use, too!

Close the Blinds

While it may be tempting to open the blinds or shades to light up a room, the sunrays will heat your house quickly through the windows. It’s best to keep them closed.

Open Windows 

This tip only applies during cool summer nights. Open your windows overnight and shut them right away in the morning. You will trap all the cold air inside for the day!

Don’t Cook

About to bake a frozen pizza? Don’t do it. You will be adding unnecessary heat inside your home. Instead, grill outdoors and opt for healthy, refreshing salads or sandwiches.

Cool Showers

Using your water heater can warm up your home, too. It’s hot outside, so why not enjoy a cool shower — perfect after mowing the lawn or walking the dog!

Hang Dry

Dryers are another source of heat in the home. Air dry your washed clothes wherever you have space, inside or outside! If you need dry clothes, fast, try using your dryer in the early morning when it’s the coolest outside.

Have fun and stay cool this summer! Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating provides 24/7 emergency service throughout central Minnesota. Contact us if you are experiencing problems with your air conditioning.

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