We are very dependent upon air conditioning in this part of the world. When summer sets in, the sun heats up the atmosphere quickly. That humidity traps the heat around us, and our buildings generally require air conditioning to remain hospitable throughout the season.
Are there ways we can be smarter about the way we run our HVAC systems? Can we conserve energy and lower our electrical bills while still staying comfortable?
Make Your Presets More Moderate
That is, aim for more centrist temperatures. In the winter, when you’re heating, keep it cooler. In the summer, when you’re cooling it down, keep it a bit warmer. Especially at night, you can deal with more moderate temperature. In the summer, that may mean adding a fan to your bedroom situation, and have it not necessarily pointed right at you.
Close Some Vents
If there are parts of your house you do not use very much, you can shut off the vents to those rooms from time to time. You do not want to seal them off completely, but a bit of vent closing can reduce your costs and energy use.
Consider a Programmable Thermostat
“Smart devices” like Ecobee thermostats can save money. For example, if you are not in a Shelter In Place situation, it is conceivable that everyone in the house leaves for the day. You can turn off the AC while everyone is out, but turn it back on in advance of people returning home. You can do the same during your sleep – set it so that you have temperatures optimized as you fall asleep and as you wake up, but let the HVAC rest while you are sound asleep.