When you save energy, you also save money. As the seasons shift, the methods of decreasing your home’s energy waste shift as well. To improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners in the Fort Worth Texas area can utilize the following energy-saving tips this spring.
Clean Your Air Conditioner
Routine and simple maintenance procedures, including regularly replacing and cleaning your air filters, can help lower your cooling system’s energy use by 15 percent. You might also want to look at your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which requires cleaning at least once a year to make sure it is working effectively. Ideally, you should have your air conditioner serviced and cleaned on an annual basis, and spring is
the perfect time to ensure the unit is prepared to cool your home in the upcoming months.
On the warmer days of spring, try cooking outside instead of in your kitchen. When you use the oven or stovetop, the temperature in your kitchen and nearby rooms increases. Instead of having your air conditioner work extra hard, cook on a grill outside whenever you can.
Caulk Air Gaps
Using caulk to seal any cracks or openings within your home is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce your utility bills. This can also enhance the quality of your home’s air, reduce moisture issues, and extend the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. Examine areas around doors, windows, attics, and electric lights to identify signs of cracks.
Use Window Shields
Any type of window covering such as shades, films, or blinds, can do wonders to decrease the amount of heat that infiltrates your home as the weather becomes warmer.
Use Ceiling Fans
Since moving air promotes improved airflow and feels cooler on the skin, turning on your home’s ceiling fans enables you to raise your thermostat setting by at least four degrees without sacrificing your comfort level.
Open Your Windows
Letting the natural spring air flow into your home by opening a few windows enables a natural breeze to cool your house. Since springtime temperatures are relatively mild, this is the best season to utilize this tip.