Peak heat doesn’t have to mean peak HVAC costs

Where I live, the winter is the perfect season.

  • It’s the season where the temperatures are great.

The winter brings plenty of sun and blue skies as well. And it’s a respite from the air conditioning. This region sees at least 8 months of HVAC cooling in one form or another. It’s not too much HVAC cooling on the shoulder seasons. But the summer is a four month plus situation of HVAC cooling day and night. That’s the price we pay to live in such a great region. And yet, the HVAC cooling during the summer heat season doesn’t have to break the bank. With just a few sort of common sense strategies, HVAC cooling costs can be mitigated. I always start the saving process with an air conditioning tune-up from an HVAC professional. Not only does this ensure that the HVAC equipment is ready for summer, it keeps the HVAC equipment operating at peak efficiency. From there, it’s all about keeping the house closed tight and stopping the direct sunlight heating. And both of those are easily accomplished. But it’s the thermostat setting that is the key to real savings. I try to start this early in the spring by not overreacting to the temperature rising. Getting acclimated to the heat allows one to feel more comfortable in a house that is on the warmer side. Given that we hover around triple digits during the peak heating hours, that often means a thermostat setting in the low 80’s during the day. However, that also means very significant savings on the HVAC cooling bill as well.

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