We run our air conditioners pretty much nonstop for a good portion of the year around here. We don’t run our heaters nearly as much, of course, but that doesn’t mean that we want to be overpaying for the privilege of doing so when we do need to take the chill out of the air, though. In case you can’t see where today’s topic is heading, we’re talking ways to boost energy efficiency when keeping your home comfortable throughout the year.
While upgrading your HVAC systems to high-efficiency models are certainly the most direct way in which to boost HVAC efficiency in Rancho Cucamonga, we understand that this also represents a major investment that many people cannot make at the drop of a hat. We’re going to be discussing some much simpler, and much more affordable methods, today. Give Goettl Air Conditioning SoCal a call with any questions that you may have. We’re happy to help you scale back your energy costs.
Manipulate Heat Gain Through Windows
No, we’re not suggesting that you break out a book of spells or anything so dramatic. Instead, we’re talking about something as simple as using some heavy duty curtains to take advantage of the natural heat of the sun as you need it. During the winter, when it is chilly but sunny, you can throw those curtains open to enjoy some natural heat gain. You can then close them as the sun is going down to help trap that heat.
More importantly, in our area, you can draw those curtains shut as the sun beats down upon the house. No, it’s not going to give the same effect as running an AC. However, it can block a lot of that heat gain, and that allows you to take some of the strain off of your air conditioning system.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Some people associate insulation primarily with cold weather. That is why we put on layers when it is cold outside, right? Well, yes. but that is really only half of the big picture.
You see, insulation isn’t just for trapping heat in. It works both ways, meaning that it is also responsible for keeping heat out when necessary. Heat is always going to seek balance, so it tries to enter cooler indoor environments in the summer, and tries to escape when it gets chilly in the winter. Proper insulation prevents unwanted heat gain and heat loss, and that is a major boon for your HVAC efficiency.
Yes, we snuck this tip in again. It’s worth repeating, though, especially if you are serious about living comfortably in the most efficient way possible. There is no way in which your HVAC systems will live up to their full potential in terms of efficiency and overall performance quality if they are not properly maintained.
You cannot complete your annual tune-ups on your own. It is a job for trained professionals, and our maintenance program makes it easy. Give us a call today to learn more.
G–O–E–T–T–L–it’ll keep you cool but it’s hard to spell.