In the summer temperatures may be high, but energy costs don’t have to be! For those resourceful folks interested in reducing energy waste and expenses, we have compiled a list of tips to help the air conditioner cool down a sizzling 2nd floor. After all, who doesn’t want to keep their home cooler and wallet fatter?
Insulation & Sealing
One of the greatest causes of energy waste in the home is due to poor insulation. According to the US Department of Energy, nearly 30% of energy consumption can be lost through unsealed cracks and poorly installed insulation. For this reason, it is important to make sure that the home is properly sealed and insulated. What escapes from these cracks isn’t your only concern. Humidity, moisture, dust, allergens, and creepy crawly critters can make their way through the crevices. This can cause a number of problems. For instance, one of the functions of air conditioning that makes it so effective is dehumidification. When more humidity is in the air our bodies are less capable of reducing our body heat. So, if the insulation and sealing in the home isn’t done properly, the air conditioner can’t reduce humidity from the climate of the home as well. Be sure to consult a professional to determine the needs of your home.
This may seem like a no brainer, but it had to be said. Using ceiling fans in the home allows the owner to enjoy the same level of comfort while lessening the workload of the air conditioner. When using fans in the home the thermostat can be raise by 4 degrees without feeling the effect of the change. Plus, by simply raising the air conditioning thermostat just a few degrees the homeowner can see big savings. According to the US Department of Energy, each degree that the thermostat goes up can equal up to 9% in savings. So by turning the thermostat up 4 degrees while turning the fan on can save up to 36% on energy costs in the home.
For those who have troubles cooling or heating the second story of the home and that are contemplating installing a new air conditioner, keep reading. If contemplating upgrading or installing a new air conditioner in the home, one may consider creating a two-zone home. What this means is that two different air conditioning systems are established in one home. This way the individual needs of each zone can be met more efficiently. Trouble cooling an upstairs is the result of a short air supply. By creating two different air supplies one can ensure that both zones–upstairs and downstairs–are properly cooled. To learn more about this be sure to consult our experts at Smith & Willis. 720-789-7006