Castro Valley Air Conditioning Tips
It’s summer, and Bay Area air conditioning use is predictably spiking. If you’re tired of seeing your energy bills swell during the sweltering months of the California summer, consider adopting at least a few of these tips to keep your home or office chillier:
- Use fans and open windows — in addition to your A/C — to normalize temperature and humidity. Just a little bit of breeze can make a home feel much cooler, because the draft will whisk hot air away from your skin;
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust and conserve energy. If you view a read-out of how much energy you consume on a daily basis, you will intuitively conserve energy without sacrificing your comfort;
- During the day – particularly during the sun-intense hours – shut your blinds, shades, drapes, etc, particularly on windows facing west or south;
- Use sun control films on windows (particularly south and west-facing windows) as well as landscaping, challises, shrubs and trees to blunt the effect of solar heat;
- Reduce electricity use. Cook with a microwave instead of a conventional oven; unplug your computer and TV when you’re not using them; air dry dishes, instead of drying them in the dishwasher; reduce the number of laundry loads you do; and replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, like compact fluorescents.
- Dress for the weather and stay hydrated. Make to drink fluids that contain electrolytes and other minerals that you will lose due to heavy sweating.
- Avoid consuming too many sugary beverages, since sugar consumption will lead to water retention and impede your body’s natural ability to keep itself cool.
Talk to the team at B.A. Morrison about slashing your energy bill. Our Bay Area HVAC experts can inspect your system and help you find and create efficiencies. We can: clean out your air conditioning vents; identify leaks and/or damage to your ducts; and install and repair parts to make your home energy system more functional and durable.
Connect with us online today or call (510) 538-9817; we’d be happy to provide a free estimate.