Washington D.C.: Now that we are in the dog days of summer, you have to think about energy usage. Your AC can use the most energy of any appliance in your home. That sweet, satisfying, cool air that keeps your brow from collecting sweat is valuable and MUST be preserved.
Here in Maryland and Washington D.C., we get a dozen or so days over 100 degrees. Regardless of temperature- every day is filled with swampy and muggy air that is swimmingly. . . gross!
Below are a few quick tips on reducing your energy consumption and preserving the cold air. You can literally reduce your summer energy bills by 20% to 40% by following this information.
Summer energy efficiency is often overlooked when compared to the winterization of your home. That is because cold can cause damage and as humans, we fear it. However, when thinking of the wear and tear to your home HVAC and the energy required to run these systems- Summer is just as important (luckily, many of the tips below apply to both seasons):
1. Seal Air Leaks:
Caulk windows- also making sure they are all closed.
Seal Attic Access
2. Prevent Heat transfer:
Close doors and vents in unused rooms
Invest in heavy drapes or thermal blinds- more info here
Summer is as important as winter
Insulate attic, crawl spaced (floors are important in summer)
Again, caulk windows.
4. Use energy efficiently:
Raise AC temperature when you leave the home
Use fans to help cool/ move air
5. Change Habits:
Keep exterior doors closed
Hang out in rooms that tend to be cooler (basement), raise ac
Less indoor cooking
Take cooler showers
If you'd like more information on any of these items please feel free to contact us.
We'd be happy to recommend a energy audit company or implement many of the items above which have "off the shelf options".
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*The information above was provided by EFynch.com. This is meant for conversational purposes and we recommend you consult a licensed professional prior to taking any actions within your home. EFynch is a home improvement software company and does not perform any work to residential properties. Our service is available only in areas that are allowed by law. EFynch currently operated in Maryland, Washinginton D.C., and Virginia.