Spring is here, and summer will be right on its heels. As a homeowner in the San Francisco Bay Area, are you aware of the many things you can do to save energy in the coming months? At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, our heating and cooling contractors know there are several things you can do to keep your home more comfortable during warmer months, and cut down on energy costs.
Here are our energy saving tips:
Check your registers/vents. When dust, dirt, or pet dander build up in the registers, it can block air flow, which means your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home. Make it a part of your dusting routine to dust vents and registers.
Have windows that face in a south or west direction? As temperatures heat up, close the drapes, curtains, or blinds to block out the hot daytime sun. You may not know it, but hot sun streaming through windows causes your system to work up to three times harder to cool your home!
Have a fireplace? Be sure to close glass doors and/or dampers. When you leave your fireplace opened up, cool air goes right up the chimney instead of staying inside your home. This means decreased comfort, and higher energy bills.
Keep your refrigerator cool. When stoves, water heaters, radiators, or other heat sources are positioned near your refrigerator, it has to work harder to keep cool – meaning it will run longer. In addition, make sure your refrigerator isn’t positioned in a way that allows sunlight to hit it from a nearby window.
Have ceiling fans? Use them! A ceiling fan circulates the air in the room it is installed in, which makes the air feel cooler to your skin. This means you can raise the thermostat a degree or two, and still feel comfortable. Your A/C won’t run as long, and you will still enjoy a comfortable room.
There are countless things Bay Area homeowners can do to reduce energy costs and enjoy a cool home during the warmer spring and summer months in addition to the tips we provided above.
Have questions, or need help cooling your home? At Ortiz Heating & A/C, our San Francisco HVAC experts are ready to help, whether you need a spring tune-up, repair, or are considering a new system. Give us a call today!