09 Jul How to Check for Air Leaks and Seal Windows
Be Efficient With Your Windows
July’s here, and the summer time temps have set in. For those of you with air cooling, it’s probably working all day every day. Your home may feel nice and cozy, but it could be coming at a price. Air conditioning can be expensive; if used improperly, it can cause your electrical bill to skyrocket. But it doesn’t have to. Here are a few tips to help your air conditioning unit run more efficiently, and save you money.
Make sure that your windows and doors are well-sealed. Oftentimes, the cold air leaks from cracks and worn-out caulking. It’s like drafts in the wintertime. If you have a draft of cold air, it’s still going to be there when the weather warms. A way to check if your home is leaking cooled air, is to walk around the outside of it, placing your hand along the edges of windows and doors, feeling for small pockets of cool air.
Sometimes people install thermostats in the wrong location. Your thermostat should be positioned on a wall away from any direct exposure to windows and doors, places where the temperature of the air may be warmer or cooler than the rest of the house. If your thermostat is near a window and its hot outside, it will likely register a warmer temp than the rest of the home, causing your air conditioning unit to run overtime. Also, an old thermostat could operate inefficiently. It’s easy to upgrade your thermostat. There are models now that can be controlled by a smart phone. Imagine the possibilities of dialing in your home’s perfect temperatures while you’re at home, and dialing them back when you’re not.
Also, remember that the sun will heat things up in your house. And while it may be a beautiful day, oftentimes in the mid- to late-afternoon, leaving open the blinds or window shades will only heat up the house. During the hottest parts of the day, make sure that any windows with direct exposure to the sun are covered. Many shades pair well with an insulating backing, which will help keep your home from heating up, unnecessarily.
Contact Expert Air Conditioning & Heating today for all of your heating and cooling needs.