Stan’s Heating, Air & Plumbing Gives Texans Tips On Conserving Energy While Staying Cool After ERCOT Warnings
AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the extreme heat expected in Texas this summer, Stan’s Heating, Air & Plumbing wants to educate Texans on some ways they are using energy at home can save while they stay cozy. ERCOT has warned of power shortages due to the extreme heat, putting many Texans in a state of dread and bringing back familiar tones of the “2021 Freeze” leading to major power outages in central Texas. Stan’s Heating, Air & Plumbing recommends the following tips to help you do your part to save energy this summer while braving the brutal Texas heat.
Don’t turn off your air conditioner completely when you’re not at home
Many homeowners think turning off your air conditioner completely is the best way to conserve energy when you’re away from home, but it wastes more energy than it saves. When an air conditioner is off, the house eventually becomes as hot as it is outside, resulting in the air conditioner having to run much longer to reach the desired temperature when you get home. Instead, you should raise the thermostat 3 to 4 degrees above your desired temperature, resulting in the air conditioner running significantly less throughout the day. Then, when you come home, you can enjoy a cool and comfortable home within an hour, instead of several hours if you had turned off the device completely.
Consider upgrading to a wireless thermostat
WiFi thermostats are another great way to save energy at home through your AC system. A WiFi thermostat lets you set a schedule so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the temperature when you get home. When returning from an extended absence, use a WiFi thermostat to set a lower temperature early in the morning to allow the home to recover when temperatures are less extreme and avoid peak demand in the late afternoon. Do you find that you will be absent longer than expected? Many WiFi thermostats can be controlled from anywhere, as long as you have cellular signal, allowing you to reschedule the air conditioner to get the temperature you want at a time closer to your arrival. There are tons of WiFi thermostat options that are easy to set up and fairly affordable, from trusted brands like Honeywell, Google, Amazon, and more.
Make sure your AC system is well maintained
Regular maintenance of your air conditioners is one of the best ways to ensure peak performance during the hot summer months. One of the most important parts of AC maintenance in Austin, TX and surrounding areas in relation to the summer heat is cleaning the condenser coils. This is a critical part of your air conditioning system. To ensure it doesn’t get damaged during the cleaning process, consider arranging a summer air conditioning service from a professional HVAC contractor, like the team here at Stan’s Heating, Air & Plumbing.
Part of AC maintenance you can do yourself is making sure your indoor air filters are clean and replaced often. Air filters help the system get the airflow it needs to keep the house cool and the system efficient. You can find an air filter at your local hardware store or large department store – just bring the old filter and fit the new one you buy to make sure it’s the right size for your system.
Keep blinds and curtains closed in extreme heat
On particularly hot days you should try to keep the blinds and curtains closed as much as possible. While natural light may be your favorite feature of your home, it can make the home a lot hotter than if it were closed. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed blocks sunlight from entering your home and reduces the radiant heat that sunlight brings with it.
Follow these tips to save energy and feel great this summer!
While ERCOT’s warning may displease many Texans, we all need to do our part to keep the power and the air conditioning on this summer. Follow the tips above to do your part to save energy during the brutal Texas summer! If you encounter problems with your air conditioning system, contact Stan’s Heating, Air & Plumbing for HVAC services in the Austin, TX area.
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