Living in Las Vegas, the most festive summer months bring with them the joys of warm weather activities and holiday fun. Still, the matter of the scorching temperatures they can also usher in could become an issue, uncomfortably affecting many homeowners. This rise in temperature can maximize electricity bills, shaking up both your comfort and financial health. At these times, even the simple glare of the afternoon sunlight through the windows can manage to raise the temperature on the floor of various rooms in our houses, resulting in an increased strain on the air conditioner or “AC.”
Surprisingly, even the walls and driveways can absorb and radiate heat, raising the surrounding temperature. This heat coerces the AC units to overwork themselves. Therein, utilizing curtains, blinds and taking advantage of the insulation properties of certain types of furniture become a part of the solution as they can significantly reduce heat accumulation indoors while also shaping the interior to prevent direct sunlight. However, also bear in mind even minor adjustments to AC settings and considering energy star rated appliances can indeed make a huge difference in both your experience and your energy consumption.
One of the more promising product options for homeowners grappling with these heat issues is an advanced thermostat. This handy equipment allows you to manage the power and temperature within different rooms of your home while being energy efficient.
Furthermore, regular maintenance of AC units, performed by professionals or even roofing companies that also specialize in home climate control solutions, can help address potential problems – care in maintaining the area around the exterior of the AC, such as the clearing of debris and dirt, trimming overgrown shingles, and changing air filters are crucial to keeping the system and your roof in check. Many people forget that the furnace also requires regular attention.
Just like the AC units, solutions like weatherstripping doors and windows, using caulking to seal gaps in your homes and attic, and the regular replacement of filters are also critical steps in maintaining a balanced temperature indoors.
Water is another crucial ingredient for air conditioner maintenance. It should be used for cleaning applications such as rinsing off exteriors, parts of the AC unit or even aiding in roof repairs as necessary. The HVAC system indeed plays a pivotal role in energy management and could potentially result in leaks through duct vents and doors, which proactively increases your electricity usage. Thus, pros in HVAC maintenance offer regular cleaning of dust, dirt, and debris from your systems, along with replacement of air filters, close inspection for holes, and understanding the importance of the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of the HVAC system, are key to preventing energy wastage and ensuring effective airflow throughout your duct system.
HVAC Energy Savings Tips
Whether it’s the appliances in your house, including your HVAC systems and furnace, or other energy-dependent areas like lighting, energy usage has a daunting impact, and efficient energy consumption can make a massive difference to your bills. For instance, you could opt for energy-efficient ceiling fans that assist in shaping the temperature of the room more rapidly. Using energy-saving appliances, investing in maintenance for optimal performance and understanding the necessary information about their energy consumption can help you save on energy costs. In a variety of ways, these small changes and investments can contribute to substantial savings.
1. Seal Heating and Cooling Ducts
The ever-useful resource, energy.gov, offers an array of information on energy savings, and even provides information on possible rebates for energy-saving appliances. This site is beneficial for Las Vegas residents, where the summer heat can be brutal. The information available here provides peace of mind regarding the effectiveness of energy-efficient measures. It also opens up plenty of opportunities and careers for dedicated and skilled HVAC technicians who understand how to make necessary adjustments to maximize efficiency.
2. Change Your Air Filter
During the season of intense heat, especially in Las Vegas, saving on your AC costs becomes a necessity. Here are a few tips for managing such expenses:
3. Upgrade Your HVAC Unit
Any point where refrigerated air is moving from the AC through the ductwork from one location to the next in a room or the attic is an opportunity for losing energy and hiking up your bills. Regular checks by a professional roofing company for dirt or other obstructions in these areas can often help identify and address the problem effectively. Reducing your energy usage doesn’t have to be a costly affair. By understanding the nuances of managing energy through these tips and applying them in your daily life, you can definitely make a difference in your energy consumption. Implementing thermostats into your energy management system can notably enhance the efficiency of your home, making a profound difference.One top strategy to guarantee effective ventilation, regulate the moisture level and keep your energy bills manageable involves meticulously sealing all your heating and cooling ducts.
This project, which enlists the use of materials like caulking, metal-backed tape, roofing services, and weatherstripping doors and windows, can conceivably cover any cracks or reinforce any loose joints on the surfaces of your ducts, irrespective of their type, size and range. A professional roofer is often needed for best results. By using these construction options, you actively reduce the amount of energy consumed at home and protect against potential roof damage. Always consider getting an estimate for roof replacement if needed.
4. Get a Programmable Thermostat
HVAC energy savings can be an immense job, particularly with an antiquated unit. The benefits of investing in newer HVAC units, fabricated from modern materials, handled by professionals, and even concrete for some parts, span a wide range. In the long run, these offer a more economical option than continually maintaining an older unit. The need for a reliable unit becomes even more significant during hot months when your HVAC system may be running continually. Prioritize an HVAC system with an impressive SEER rating, signifying its cool air production capacity for each unit of energy it consumes.
5. Install Insulation to Increase HVAC Energy Savings
Despite following the above suggestions impeccably, you may find your energy bill considerably high if your home lacks adequate insulation or if you have roof damage that’s been left unrepaired. Investing in insulation, a vital material in the construction and roofing industry, can notably decrease the workload and strain on your HVAC, thereby extending the longevity of the cooling unit.
Call The Cooling Company
The cost and efficiency of HVAC don’t have to be a perennial stressor in your life. Proper maintenance of your unit during the offseason, insulating your home appropriately, and adjusting the temperature settings accordingly can markedly reduce your energy bills. Asking the right set of questions and getting an estimate from your roofer can also save your budget. Our business clients have reaped significant savings from utilizing concrete in some insulation procedures, highlighting the benefits of considering different material options.
For any additional HVAC needs or to save more money, The Cooling Company at (702) 567-0707 offers professional services and valuable advice. Our team of expert contractors is committed to delivering quality services, which include projects involving substantial material usage. You can use The Cooling Company’s online energy efficiency calculator to compare different HVAC units for their efficiency in order to make an informed decision.
The key is to be conscientious of all the ways, big or small, you can save energy in your home. Every bit matters, from routinely inspecting the ductwork, adjusting the thermostat, to efficiently managing the lighting. By taking these steps, you can ensure a comfortable home without straining your budget. Effective management of your resources, including the choice of construction materials, plays a crucial role in this success.