I’m sure you have noticed that this summer has been a hot one. And, we are constantly being asked for tips to help reduce costs and still stay comfortable. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has provided a wealth of answers to some of your common concerns. Here are 10 tips that can help the remainder of this summer be more comfortable!
When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.
Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night with fans.
Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range for light clothing in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A sow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this airflow.
If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit.
If buying a new air conditioner, be sure that it is properly sized. And remember, when buying a central air conditioner, look for a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating above 12.
In Central Florida, the air conditioner you buy must adequately get rid of high humidity. Models with variable or multi-speed blowers are generally best. Try to keep moisture sources out of the house.
Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.
Seal all air conditioner ducts, and insulate ducts that run through unheated basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms.
Maintain your air conditioners properly to maximize efficiency.
Stay comfortable my friends!