Low-cost or no-cost ways to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable during the summer months:
Use a programmable thermostat - You can save as much as 10% a year on utility bills by turning your thermostat to a higher temperature of at least 10-15 degrees for eight or more hours a day.
Constant Fan - For more even room temperatures and better air cleaning, run the fan on your furnace continuously throughout the summer months.
Add insulation to your attic if there is less than five inches.
Insulate and seal ducts especially ductwork that is in areas like attics, crawl spaces and garages.
Seal cracks and holes in your home’s exterior by caulking or installing weather stripping.
Check and Adjust Registers: During the summer months leave upper floor registers open and partially or completely close basement registers.
Check Cold Air Returns: Blocked cold air returns will decrease the efficiency of your system. Make sure your cold air returns have at least six inches of space between them and any furniture or personal items.
Turn Off Electronic Equipment such as TVs, computers, ovens, and lamps that put off a lot of heat when not in use. Adjust floor registers to help control air flow and even out temperatures.
Keep the heat and sunlight out by closing the drapes on the east and west facing windows during the day
Landscape for efficiency - Plant trees, vines, or shrubs around your home to produce shade on east and west exposures.
Check filters monthly - Clean and replace as needed.
Keep Outdoor Units Clean – Keep the area around your outdoor unit clean by clearing away grass clippings, leaves, or debris that accumulate around it.
Schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioning system!