The extreme heat of the Texas summer is here. While you and your family stay inside to keep cool, you may have noticed that your A/C is feeling the heat too. As the temps rise, so do your energy costs. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to save on your energy bill to stay cool this summer and save on your energy costs.
Use Ceiling Fans
If you want to lower your energy costs but still stay cool, make sure you’re using your ceiling fans to your advantage. Turning them on to help circulate air allows you to raise the thermostat by four degrees without sacrificing any of your family’s comfort.
Invest in Energy Star Windows
Energy Star windows do a great job of keeping the cold air inside of your home and the warm air out. Replacing your single-pane windows with energy-efficient ones can save you up to $465/year on your energy costs.
Replace Your Regular Thermostat with a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats learn your family’s habits and comfort preferences and regulate temperature adjustments to keep you cool and maximize your energy savings. For every degree you raise your thermostat above 72 degrees, you’ll save up to 3% of your cooling expenses. Smart thermostats from Trane, like the ComfortLink II XL1050, or the XL824, allow you to set your thermostat and forget it, doing the hard work of saving you money for you.
Keep Your Home Warmer
Adjusting the temperature of your home to 78 degrees during warmer months can save you up to 10% on your energy bills every year. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your home warmer to maximize your energy savings. Simply wear breathable clothing to stay comfortable.
Seal Cracks Around Your Doors and Windows
Even the smallest of openings or cracks around your doors and windows can cost you a lot when it comes to your energy bills. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping. You can test your handiwork with the help of a dollar bill. If it can still slip through the gap, it isn’t sealed tightly enough.
Upgrade Your Unit
The biggest way to save on your summer energy costs is by upgrading your old HVAC unit. Thankfully, there are a lot of energy-efficient and cost-saving models available. If you’re looking for a new A/C, there are several options by Trane to consider. Whether you’re looking for their most energy-efficient, like the XV20i TruComfort, or something that will run more quietly, like the XV18 TruComfort, there is something available for any of your cooling needs.
At Air Solutions in Groves, TX, our skilled team of HVAC experts are available to help you save on your cooling costs. If you’re looking to upgrade your A/C unit, Air Solutions can help you select the one that’ll best suit your needs. To learn more, call us (409) 962-2476, or visit airsolutionstx.com/contact.