5 Money Wasting Cooling Habits
When the heat is on, it can be stressful to balance the need to keep cool and limit your energy consumption. It is no surprise that many people go online for tips or listen intently when a news story offers helpful advice on saving money while keeping cool. However, some of these tips are either not clear or will give misleading information that can lead to your wasting rather than saving money. Here are a few to be careful about and some ways to better achieve your goal.
- Not Programming Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a great way to regulate how your AC will work. Not using this feature means you are likely wasting energy, allowing your home to be heated or cooled when there is no one around. You can program your thermostat to adjust your AC to a higher temperature when no one is home and automatically adjust to a lower temp just before you get home. This automation ensures suitable adjustments are made even when you forget. It is also a better option than opting to adjust the temperature manually.
Too many changes throughout the day can cause higher energy consumption. This is especially true in hot desert climates like Las Vegas.
- Leaving Ceiling Fans On
The use of ceiling fans is encouraged to help keep occupants cool. The downward draft helps give a cooling sensation to the skin. However, leaving the fan on when no one is in the room wastes energy. This tip only works if someone is present to benefit from that cooling breeze. If there is no one in the room, turn off the ceiling fan and let the AC run.
- Leaving Your AC On
If you are going to be away from home for the whole day or longer, it does not make sense to leave the AC running. Leaving the AC on at a higher temperature is acceptable for short periods, so it does not have to work as hard when you return home and switch it on. However, it is more cost-saving to leave your AC off until you get back after being gone for a long duration.
- Closing Vents
Homeowners will often close vents in rooms that are not used in hopes that this will push more cooled air into the rooms that are being occupied. While the goal is to ensure the occupied parts of the home are cooled quickly, it can work against you by damaging your HVAC system and causing more costs in terms of repairs.
Ductwork is designed to work at maximum airflow when all vents are open. Closing many vents can cause air pressure to build up, force your blower to work harder at circulating air, and cause deterioration to the system. Avoid closing vents and instead close the blinds to help keep rooms cooler.
- Using Alternative Cooling Sources
Some homeowners will run other appliances, such as fans, to try and cool a room better. However, these are made to complement, not substitute for the AC. Using other appliances and cooling techniques may indicate a problem with your HVAC system. It may need the air filters changed, ducts cleared, or additional servicing or repair to return to optimal performance.
Have your HVAC system regularly serviced by a certified HVAC specialist. They can help determine if a problem affects your system’s efficiency and when to make an update, so you can choose equipment that lowers your energy use.