Spring is here again, and that means that many people throughout the Washington, DC area will be cranking up those air conditioners before long. This year, why not make it a point to save energy and help the environment while you keep your house and family comfortable? Stay cool and stay green with these spring energy saving tips!
Plant shade trees – shade trees, especially when planted on the south side of your house, are great ways to save energy and help the environment by keeping the sun’s heat out of your home. For best results, plant deciduous trees – since their leaves will fall off during the winter, they serve the double purpose of keeping your home shady and cool in the summer and letting in the warming rays of the sun during the winter.
When planting shade trees, make sure you find ones with non-aggressive root systems. Otherwise, you run the risk of planting something in your yard that could wreak havoc on your plumbing system!
Install a programmable thermostat – installing a programmable thermostat in Maryland is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways you can save energy and save money on your air conditioning this season. Setup couldn’t be simpler – just plug it in, adjust the settings so they’re right for you and you’re done! Programmable thermostats automatically adjust the temperature in your home to your presets, increasing your home’s efficiency and helping you save money and helping you save money and helping you save money without you even having to do anything – can’t ask for much more than that!
Turn up the heat – now we’re not asking you to suffer here, but studies by the EPA have shown that every one degree increase in your thermostat setting can reduce your home’s cooling costs by as much as 3%! 72 F is a comfortable temperature for most people, but if you’re willing to go higher you could see some sizable energy savings. This energy saving tip works best in conjunction with the trees you’re hopefully planning on planting!
Replace your air filters monthly – if we seem to harp on this topic, it’s because we can’t emphasize its importance enough. If you let your air filters get too dirty, they can clog up your airflow and lead to a whole host of problems – everything from reduced airflow (which forces your air conditioner to work harder to cool your house) to frozen evaporator coils (which can completely ruin your air conditioner!). Save energy and stress by remembering to pop them out once a month and put new ones in – trust us, it’s totally worth it – you don’t want to have to spring for air conditioner repair later in the summer!
Make sure there are no gaps in your air ducts – before you commit to turning your air conditioner on this season, take some time to have an HVAC professional inspect it for any gaps or possible air leaks. Leaky ductwork is one of the primary causes of inefficiency in most people’s HVAC system, often accounting for as much as 30% of air conditioner energy losses! Make sure your ductwork is tight and it’s guaranteed to save energy and save money over the course of the summer.
Schedule an AC tune up – the best way to save money this spring is by making sure your air conditioner is equipped to run efficiently this spring and summer. Call a local HVAC contractor to come out and inspect your unit. An HVAC technician can help point out and repair minor issues in your air conditioner before they become huge problems.
For more energy saving spring HVAC tips, or to schedule an AC tune up or service, call Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning today!