Gearing up for summer and saving on HVAC cooling costs

There is no disputing the fact that the summer weather has arrived.

When I can feel the sweat starting as I walk to the car in my driveway, the heat and humidity are here.

I swear, I’m going to get one of those remote starters so I can have the air conditioning cooling my car before I get into it. But the air conditioning in my car isn’t really the main HVAC cooling issue on my radar this time of year. It’s now time to be disciplined with the air conditioning so those HVAC cooling costs don’t destroy the budget. When we first moved to this region, we dealt with the heat by throwing more and more HVAC cooling at it as the summer went along. By the time we got to October and the heat began to relent, we had rung up a huge air conditioning bill. From that point on, I have worked to keep that from happening again. It was a bit of a steady effort over the course of 3 or 4 years to get the strategy down that keeps our HVAC cooling costs in check. It all starts with an air conditioning tune-up in the early spring. This gets the heat pump ready for the big load of summer while also ensuring top efficiency as well. From there, I just make sure the house is sealed up tight to further the efficiency of the HVAC equipment. But then, it really comes down to simply keeping the thermostat setting in a range that is comfortable but never more than 15 degrees cooler than outside.

 

 

Heating and air conditioning system