Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips

February 15, 2024
Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips | AC Services in St. Louis

Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips. Maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home can be a struggle for many in the St. Louis area given the cold winters and sweltering summers. SmartHouse Heating & Cooling, a leading provider of HVAC services in the St. Louis area, is your go-to expert for keeping your home cool, comfortable, and cost-efficient during the warmer months. Below are essential spring and summer energy-saving tips, backed by SmartHouse’s expertise and commitment to energy efficiency and home comfort.

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Energy Saving Tips for Spring

Spring brings longer days and begins the cooling season, which can lead to increased energy usage in many homes. You can help keep your energy bills down by:

  • Utilizing Natural Ventilation and Light: Take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the spring by opening windows to cool your home naturally, reducing the load on your air conditioning system. The sunlight coming into your home can also allow you to keep inside lights off.
  • Servicing Your HVAC System: Spring is a good time to schedule a professional AC tune-up to ensure your system’s able to make it through the hot summer months without failing. Your maintenance technician will also clean and lubricate your AC to ensure it’s operating at peak efficiency, and recommend any upgrades that can help you further increase comfort and reduce costs.
  • Using Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans won’t change the temperature in your home, but it can make a room feel cooler at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning. Just remember to turn the fans off when you leave the room.
  • Updating Your Thermostat: Installing a smart thermostat can help you manage your cooling needs more efficiently, allowing you to monitor and control temperatures when you’re not home.
  • Switching to Energy-Efficient Lighting: Longer daylight hours reduce the need for artificial lighting. When you do need it, use LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs.
  • Planting Trees for Shade: If you’re able to, strategically planting trees around your home can provide natural shade and cooling, reducing the need for air conditioning in the hotter months.

Energy Saving Tips for Summer

Once the months of 80° and 90° begin, you can further reduce energy usage by:

  • Use Thermostat Wisely: Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree cooler can significantly increase your energy use. Energy Star recommends setting the temperature to 78° when you’re home.
  • Block Out the Sun: Use blinds or curtains to block sunlight during the hottest parts of the day, keeping more heat from entering your home.
  • Using Appliances Wisely: Use heat-generating appliances like ovens, washing machines, and dryers during the cooler parts of the day or at night.
  • Cook Outside: Take advantage of the weather and cook outside on a grill to keep your home cooler and save on air conditioning costs.
  • Install Energy-Efficient Windows: Energy-efficient windows can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs by keeping your home’s temperature more constant.
  • Consider Energy Upgrades: If you’re planning any home improvements, consider energy-efficient options like ENERGY STAR-rated cooling systems, heat pumps, reflective roofing materials, or energy-efficient windows.

Energy Saving Tips for the Entire Cooling Season

Throughout the spring and summer, you should also:

  • Keep your house warmer than normal when you’re away
  • Use fans strategically, for example using a bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you take a shower, and a kitchen fan when you’re cooking inside
  • Avoid putting appliances like lamps or TVs near your thermostat, as the thermostat may sense the heat from these appliances and run your AC longer than it has to
  • Vacuum and/or clean your vents, and avoid putting furniture in front of registers
  • Only wash full loads of dishes and laundry

Call SmartHouse for Energy-Saving Home Upgrades Today

The best way to save money on your heating and cooling systems is to call a trustworthy HVAC company like SmartHouse. Choosing SmartHouse means you’re partnering with a company that values integrity, quality craftsmanship, and a whole-home approach to energy efficiency and comfort. Whether you’re looking for a new AC installation or simply want to improve your indoor air quality, you can stay cool, save energy, and enjoy the comfort of your home this spring and summer with SmartHouse. For personalized solutions and to learn more about our services, give us a call at 314-648-3162, shoot us a text at 314-310-2242, or contact us online.