The scalding temps of the Texas summer are here. But with many of us staying indoors and trying to keep cool, you may notice a spike in your energy costs. While rising electric bills are unfortunately just a part of the season, there are actually a variety of things you can do to save yourself some money, all while keeping your family comfortable all summer long.
#1 Install a Smart Thermostat
If you don’t already have a smart thermostat, now is a great time to invest in one. They learn your family’s comfort preferences and automate temperature adjustments to keep you cool while maximizing your energy savings. The smart thermostats you can set and forget from Trane, like the ComfortLink II XL1050, or the XL824, will save you up to 3% of your total cooling cost for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72 degrees.
#2 Adjust The Temperature
Your home doesn’t have to be a winter wonderland to keep you cool during the summer. Adjusting your thermostat seven to ten degrees warmer can save you up to 10% on your energy costs each year. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 78 degrees during warmer months, as it can keep you comfortable in light, breathable clothing.
#3 Invest in Energy-Efficient Windows
Did you know that your windows can impact your energy usage by 30% each year? Installing Energy Star windows will keep cool air in and warm air out, reducing how much you spend on your electric bills. When replacing their old, single-pane windows, customers saved up to $465 per year.
#4 Seal Cracks and Openings Around Doors and Windows
Even if you have the most efficient windows, cool air can still escape through openings and cracks around your windows or doors. A gap as small as ⅛ inch can cause as much air to escape as a 2.4-inch hole in the wall. Keep your home insulated by sealing cracks and openings with caulk or weather stripping.
#5 Rely On Your Ceiling Fans
Your ceiling fans are great at circulating air that your A/C has already worked to cool. Keeping them running during the summer will allow you to keep your home four degrees warmer without sacrificing any of your comfort.
#6 Upgrade Your A/C Unit
Running an A/C unit that is ten years old or older will cause your energy bills to soar. If yours is on the fritz, or you think it’s time to replace it to save on your energy costs, our expert team of technicians can help. There are a variety of Trane units available to meet your needs. From the XV20i TruComfort, Trane’s most efficient; the XV18 TruComfort, Trane’s quietest; to the XR14, Trane’s best value, there is something available for any home.
At Air Tech of Humble, we’re always here for you and your home comfort needs. We’re here to help you save on your energy costs, and can lend our advice and expertise when it’s time for you to replace your unit. Contact us today at (832) 309-3771.