So I know that summer is wrapping up, but this is California, so even in those winter months, it can get pretty warm.  Thus, we want to give you these tips, and even if you don’t use them right now, you can refer back to them at a later time.

Cooling System

So first, there are ways to prevent your home from getting too warm.

Preventative Measures

  • Insulate your home.  Both your walls and your attic.  Insulating your walls can keep hot air from seeping in and insulating your attic can keep cool air from escaping.
  • Shade your home.  Put up light colored blinds inside your home.  Plant trees and shrubbery and install awnings outside of your home.  These small adjustments can lead to your home being a couple degrees cooler.
  • Shade and insulation not quite enough?  Try ceiling fans.  They don’t use much more energy than a light bulb.
  • Make sure your ceiling fan is going counter-clockwise.  Also having more than 1 can improve the temperature of your home.

But we get it, sometimes shade, insulation and fans just won’t cut it and you have to crank up that A/C; so we will give you some tips to save on that as well.

Air Conditioner

  • Try to have a high Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER).  15 or higher is a good rule of thumb.  It’s like the ENERGY STAR models I’ve been mentioning so much 😛
  • When using your A/C, set the fan to auto.  If it is set to on, then it will blow continuously, but auto will only run when it needs to.
  • Set your thermostat a couple degrees warmer than what you normally do.  You won’t feel too much of a difference anywhere but your wallet.
  • Or better yet, get a programmable thermostat.  It allows you to adjust the thermostat from anywhere, so you can regulate it while you aren’t home.
  • When you’re A/C is running, make sure exterior doors and windows are sealed tight!  It will make sure your bought air will stay inside.
  • On the other hand, open all interior days so the cool air can roam freely.
  • Unless there are rooms you aren’t using, close those air vents  and doors so you aren’t cooling it unnecessarily.
  •  Following these tips won’t do a thing if your unit isn’t maintained.  Dirty filters, ducts, coils, motors, etc., don’t run as efficiently as they should, so make sure you get them cleaned at least once a year.  Ideally, at the beginning of the season when you haven’t used the A/C all winter long.
  • Your utility bills also won’t improve much if you’re using an outdated system.  See about updating your system and you could potentially be eligible for a rebate.

These are all really simple tips that could make a big difference.  If you care about your wallet, try some of these out the next time you’re feeling warm, and the environment will thank you too!