Back-To-School Energy Savings Tips

Going back to school can be expensive! Southern Comfort Mechanical shares back-to-school energy savings tips to help ease your wallet woes.

10° for 10% Savings
If the kids are at school and you’re at work, set your thermostat 7-10° higher than normal for just 8 hours a day can result in up to 10% annual energy savings.

Get Smart…
Controls, that is. Programmable thermostats allow you to control your HVAC system even when you’re not around. Maximize your energy savings by matching your thermostat settings to your schedule means you’re cooling only to the level you have to while you’re away or asleep.

Filter Frequency
Your system works hardest in the warm months, and high traffic in and out of your home that back-to-school season can bring can increase immensely in these months. The United States Department of Energy reports that changing your HVAC filter can improve the efficiency of your HVAC equipment by 5% to 15%. Change your filter monthly during this busy season to keep your system running optimally and your energy savings maximized.

Close the Drapes
Cool your house by not letting in the heat! Shades and/or blinds provide a great barrier to the outside heat, and not require any electricity usage. If you currently have shades in your home keep them closed during the day, especially when the sun is beating down in the afternoon.  Medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%, studies have shown. Keep blinds and curtains closed during the daytime while you’re away to preserve cooler temperatures in your home and your energy savings at their peak.

Interested in additional energy savings?  Contact Southern Comfort Mechanical at (972) 420-1700 today to schedule an evaluation for your home and to learn more about high efficiency HVAC systems and the latest in smart controls technology.

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