With the cool temperatures we’ve been having lately in the San Francisco Bay Area, some find they don’t need to use the air conditioner too much. The weather is fantastic, and everyone wants to be outside enjoying it. Still, there are other ways you can cut back on energy costs aside from not having to run the A/C too often. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we have a few tips to help you save even more.
Have you considered the “energy vampires” in your home? Electronics and appliances suck up energy even when they aren’t being used – in other words, your televisions, lamps, even the coffee pot uses electricity when they’re plugged in but not turned on. To remedy this, unplug lamps, kitchen appliances, and other items you don’t use regularly. For the televisions, stereos, and other electronics, consider a power strip you can turn off when not in use.
Close shades, blinds, or drapes to block sunlight from coming into your home on warmer days, as it can really heat up your home, causing your air conditioner to run more.
If and when it does warm up substantially this summer, know that your air conditioner is the biggest consumer of electricity in your home. If your air conditioner is an older model, you may want to consider a newer, high efficiency air conditioner as many can save you up to 40% on cooling costs.
Last but not least, you may want to have a licensed professional perform an energy analysis of your Bay Area home. These trained professionals can determine big and small changes that could have a huge impact on your utility costs; changes you may never have thought of.
If it’s time to upgrade your heating/cooling system, count on Ortiz Heating & A/C, your local Bay Area HVAC experts, for the most trusted equipment and professional installation at competitive prices.