Reduce Air Conditioning Costs This Summer in Las Vegas
Using air conditioning to cool your home during the summer doesn’t have to drain your wallet, even if you live in places such as Las Vegas, Henderson, and its surrounding areas. Here at A-Tech Heating and Cooling, we are proud to bring to you the ultimate guide to cutting down on air conditioning costs this summer while maintaining the comfort and air quality your home deserves. If you have any questions about making your home more efficient or are interested in lowering your utility bills, then give us a call at (702) 489-5500.
Use Nature to Your Cooling Advantage
If you have room to plant trees that are tall enough to shade your home, or will grow tall enough to do so eventually, it’s definitely an investment worth considering. Trees and other leafy plants will absorb sunlight and its accompanying heat without letting it bear down on your roof and heat up your home.
Furthermore, blocking harmful UV rays will also benefit the health of those that live in your home and increase your home’s exterior’s life-span. It may certainly sound odd to hear a professional HVAC company recommending landscaping, but it’s extremely effective. There’s also the added benefit of increasing your property’s value and aesthetic appeal.
Open Windows Sparingly
Although it may sound like a great idea to leave your windows open during the spring or fall, it can lead to undesired consequences. For example, consider the amount of pollen that can enter your home during the spring along with other harsh contaminants.
Debris that enters through windows will also get sucked into your home’s intake vent and eventually it will clog up your air filter, which is not optimal for indoor air quality. The last thing you’ll want to deal with is extra allergies or bogged down electronics because of pollen that is spread all over your home.
When we recommend keeping windows closed at all times, we do not necessarily recommend for homeowners to never open them. It can be very refreshing to let stale air clear out of your home by opening up a window. However, unless if you live in a secluded area which is free of urban contaminants and pollen, it’s not a good idea to leave your windows open often.
Keep Over Doors and Washing Rooms Doors Closed as Well
Cooking hot meals during the summer can increase the temperature in your home significantly. In order to minimize the strain on your air conditioning unit, you can cook less hot meals during the day or keep the oven door open as little as possible. Furthermore, if you have a washing room with washers and dryers you can keep the doors closed in order to keep the heat from them trapped in that specific room.
Likewise, if you have a boiler you can look into insulating it or keeping the door to it closed so that it doesn’t heat up your home excessively. If your home doesn’t have trees and planting them is not an option, the very least that could be done is installing blinds to keep out the sun and the heat that comes with it.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Modern thermostats can be programmed on a schedule, and they can also be controlled from your phone. This allows you to let your home get warmer and use the AC less while you’re not home, saving up a considerable amount on utility costs.