The hot summer sun is the primary source of heat gain in your San Antonio home, but it’s not the only one. While taking steps to prevent solar heat from building up in your home pays off in better AC efficiency, it’s important to address heat-generating sources inside your home too. These often-overlooked causes of heat gain inside your home can have a significant impact on your energy bills during the warm-weather season.
Switch Out the Lights
Making the switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will keep your home cooler and lower your energy costs too. If you are not ready to swap out your incandescent bulbs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends turning them off whenever you leave a room. That’s because 90 percent of the energy that incandescent lights consume is given off as heat.
Using an outdoor grill is a cooler option than oven cooking on a hot summer day. Microwave ovens, slow cookers, or electric frying pans are also good alternatives. If you must use your oven, use a timer. Every time you open the door to check on food, the oven temperature drops 25 to 50 degrees, and all that thermal energy waste can heat up your living spaces quickly — not to mention the fact that doing so adds heat to your home.
From ceiling fans to programmable thermostats, energy-saving products that help you beat the heat are always a smart investment. For heat-generating appliances, however, it’s all about timing. Make it a habit to do laundry or run the dishwasher in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
Optimize AC Efficiency
The last thing you want is for the system you rely on for cooling comfort to become a source of energy waste in your home. If you haven’t yet scheduled seasonal air conditioning maintenance, give AC State Air a call today at 210-653-5900. Our skilled experts will make sure that your AC operates at peak energy efficiency all summer long.