With the air conditioning in your home or business cranked to keep you and your guests comfortable, your summer energy bill can really skyrocket. And since none of us want to spend more on heating and cooling than is necessary, Weather Control Inc. has put together a list of simple tips you can employ to keep your space comfortably cool – without breaking the bank.
Replace the Air Filter
A dirty air filter makes it more difficult for your air conditioning unit to do its job, which is why it is so important to check your filter before the start of the hot summer season. With a clean new air filter in place, the airflow in your building will improve, helping your air conditioner instead of hindering it.
If you notice your energy bill increasing as the summer season continues, check your filter again. The harder your system is working, the more likely it is for dirt and debris to build up in it.
Switch to CFL Lightbulbs
If you have yet to switch all of your lightbulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, now is the perfect time to do so. Almost ninety percent of the energy emitted by old incandescent bulbs converts into heat, making your home or business feel like the inside of a hot oven during the summer.
Even if you have a few years’ worth of incandescent bulbs in your store room, making the switch to CFL will provide you with incredible savings – especially during the hottest months of the year.
Turn On a Fan
Improve the spread of cool air and help evaporation to occur more quickly with some help from standing and ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans allow you to change the direction of rotation, and the best option for hot summer days is to set them to rotate counter-clockwise – pushing cool air down towards you and your guests.
Another great idea is to place a fan near your shop entrance, providing shoppers with a cool gust of air as they walk in from the sweltering parking lot.
Check Overnight Temperatures
If you typically allow your air conditioning unit to run 24/7, you may want to start checking the weather app on your phone before closing up shop or heading to bed at night. If overnight temperatures are expected to by comfortably cool, turn your system off to save some energy and money.
To purchase a new HVAC system or have your air filters checked before summer arrives, contact Weather Control Inc. at 703-370-5200. Servicing the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas, our experienced mechanics are available at all times of the day and night for emergency assistance.