With LaGrange, Georgia’s, scorching summer weather, residents are in a constant battle against high temperatures and humidity. If you want to lower your energy bills and minimize energy waste, start by addressing areas that cause indoor temperatures to rise. You might be focusing on your thermostat settings, but you might be adding heat to your home with common, everyday activities.
Interior and Exterior Temperature Gains
In the HVAC industry, heat factors are either dry or moist. For example, sunlight causes a dry or sensible temperature gain. Boiling water produces a moist or latent temperature gain. Excessive indoor warmth can come from the sun or from interior sources. Although it’s not practical to re-roof your house or plant saplings that will take 20 years to provide shade, simple changes can improve your AC’s efficiency significantly.
Solar Temperature Gains
You could be letting a lot of solar heat in through your windows. Approximately 40 percent of temperature gains come from windows. To reduce unwanted solar gains, select window coverings that are light-colored or have a reflective material facing the window. Keep blinds closed especially on windows with a southern exposure. Skylights are also big offenders. Purchase a shade, or use a piece of foam insulation board to block out the sun.
Interior Temperature Gains
Lights and appliances are the largest contributors to interior temperature gains. Fluorescent light bulbs are 90 percent cooler than incandescent options. Switch to fluorescent bulbs when practical, and limit the use of other heat-generating lights, such as halogen lamps.
Ovens, dryers, and dishwashers generate significant amounts of heat and humidity. Use these appliances in the early morning and after sunset to improve AC efficiency. You can further minimize heat gain by making sure your dryer is vented toward the outdoors, and by using the energy-saving settings on your appliances.
Long showers increase indoor temperatures and generate large quantities of moisture. Take shorter showers, and use the exhaust fan.
The Right HVAC Team on Your Side
Good habits can keep your home comfortable and help you to minimize energy waste. If your HVAC equipment need a boost or if you’re interested in saving even more, contact the team at Airforce Heating and Air at 706-407-4885. We can provide the systems and services that help you improve indoor comfort and air conditioning efficiency.