6-26-19 posted by Ed Minnick, Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning
I always have a lot of people ask about reducing their energy use. And as we finally prepare for some warmer weather in the Boulder area this summer I thought I would share some ideas.
- Upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioner – Swapping your old, inefficient air conditioning system for a high-efficient one can cut electricity bills by one-third. Consult one of our professional technicians to ensure your system is the right size for your home.
- Turn up the temperature – To save electricity during the summer, set the temperature above 75° as every degree below this will add an extra three to five percent to your energy bill.
- Install ceiling fans – Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. Believe it or not there is a proper direction to push warm air downward in the winter, and pull colder air upward in the summer. The blades should operate in a direction as a way of creating a nice, gentle wind.
- Have an annual maintenance performed – Having an annual maintenance performed on your air conditioner by a licensed technician will help ensure it operates at its peak efficiency and catches any potential breakdowns before they occur.
- Don’t block vents in well-used rooms – We get numerous calls each season of complaints of a hot room, and we will find a bed over the air supply vent, or a dresser in front of the return air vent. Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like blinds, carpets or furniture so your air conditioner can operate efficiently and there is even cool air distribution.
- Have a Home Energy Audit done– there are services and firms available to perform a total review of your home and where you have opportunities for energy reduction and savings. CLEAResult® here in Boulder is a source that offers these reviews.
- And, as always call Meyers- if you need an expert opinion call us at Meyers Heating & Air and we will send one of our licensed, insured HVAC technicians to take a look and offer any suggestions. (303) 442-6640.