Louisiana can get unbearably hot during the summer months. Feels-like temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees, so having an air conditioner becomes crucial not only for comfort but also for survival. The downside is that running the air conditioner almost continuously can really add up financially. Fortunately, Shreveport, Louisiana, residents can take simple steps such as using ceiling fans and closing blinds to save energy and stay cool without overusing the air conditioner.
Run the Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans come in handy even when using the air conditioner. Running a ceiling fan allows you to raise your thermostat settings a few degrees without sacrificing personal comfort. Ceiling fans should be set to run in a counterclockwise direction to create a wind chill effect. The wind chill effect doesn’t reduce the room’s actual temperature, but it makes your skin feel several degrees cooler.
Be sure to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave a room since the wind chill effect is only beneficial if you’re in the room to feel it. Running the fan nonstop will only contribute to your electricity bill.
Seal Every Crack
You can more easily notice cracks and leaks around doors and windows during the winter, but it’s just as important to identify and seal them in the summer. Warm air can seep into these cracks on hot summer days, heating up your home and making your air conditioner work overtime. Start with a simple visual inspection of your home for obvious areas where old caulking or weather-stripping has cracked or chipped away. If you notice daylight creeping under doors, you’ll probably need to replace the weather-stripping to keep out the heat.
If necessary, call an HVAC service professional from Pioneer Comfort Systems to help you identify leaks. Our expert technicians can perform a more thorough inspection to fix problem areas such as leaky ductwork.
Close the Blinds
Shade provides a much-needed respite from the sun’s rays, so take advantage of your home’s blinds and curtains during the day. Energy-efficient window treatments are best, especially if you’ve invested in highly reflective blinds. If you prefer curtains, opt for blackout curtains that are specifically designed to block out the light.
Once the sun sets or moves to the opposite side of your house, feel free to open the window treatments and enjoy the view.
Adjust the Thermostat
Every degree matters when it comes to saving energy. Simply turning up the thermostat a few degrees can make a noticeable difference on your next energy bill. If you’re trying to save energy and can’t remember to adjust the thermostat every day, consider investing in a smart thermostat. Many smart thermostats are designed to learn your heating and cooling behaviors and respond accordingly so that they can run the system more efficiently while you’re at work and have the house cool by the time you come home.
Switch to LED Lighting
Not only are LED lights a more energy-efficient lighting choice than conventional bulbs, they also burn cooler. Keeping the blinds and curtains closed during the day often means you use more lights than you normally would, but you don’t want to add to the heat with incandescent bulbs. With LEDs, you use less energy and can save money on long-term bulb replacement costs, making this choice a win-win decision.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
None of these energy-saving tips matter if your air conditioner is not operating properly. Keeping your air conditioner properly maintained with an annual service agreement is the most important step you can take as a homeowner. Proper air conditioning repair and maintenance will lower your monthly utility bills, provides you with a cooler home and more breathable air, and results in fewer air conditioning repairs in the long run.
To maximize these advantages, ask about the Pioneer Comfort Systems Energy Control Agreement, a preventive maintenance program designed to give you the maximum return on your HVAC system investment.
Keeping your home cool in the Shreveport heat may seem like a challenge, but it’s easy when you know which steps to take. Call Pioneer Comfort Systems at 318-795-8000 to schedule an air conditioning repair or maintenance service visit to ensure you stay cool and comfortable all summer long.
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