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Tips to Help Reduce Cooling Costs in Your San Marcos Home

Tips to Help Reduce Cooling Costs in Your San Marcos HomeBeating the heat of a San Marcos summer doesn’t have to be expensive. By taking a few simple steps to reduce the cooling costs of your home, you’ll stay more comfortable while cutting down on your need for air conditioning.

  • Use your ceiling fan: A ceiling fan can make you feel between 4 to 8 degrees cooler so you can raise your A/C thermostat temperature by the same amount to save energy. Every degree you raise the temperature above 78 degrees can reduce cooling costs by one to three percent. For a convenient way to maintain energy-efficient temperatures, install a programmable thermostat.
  • Choose heat-controlling window treatments: Up to 30 percent of your home’s heat gain comes through the windows, so how you cover them matters. Reflective blinds can cut heat gain from a sunny window by up to 45 percent. Drapes with reflective backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent.
  • Boost your insulation: Insulation isn’t just for keeping warm. Sufficient insulation in your attic is critical for holding back the heat that builds up there. If your attic doesn’t have at least an R-30 layer of insulation or around 10 inches of fiberglass batts, add more. To assess your wall insulation, schedule a home energy audit.
  • Switch to efficient lighting: CFL and LED lights not only use less energy and last longer, they also burn cooler than traditional incandescent bulbs. That means less heat buildup in your home and less work for your A/C.
  • Care for your air conditioner: Scheduling annual A/C maintenance ensures your system runs as efficiently as possible. Just changing the air filter on schedule keeps your A/C 5 to 15 percent more efficient than it would be with dirty filters.
  • Consider an upgrade: If your A/C is more than 10 years old or needs repairs more than once a year, upgrading to a new model will pay you back with lower cooling and maintenance bills.

For more pro tips on how to reduce cooling costs, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We serve the San Marcos, San Diego and Vista areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Efficient Spring Energy-Saving Tips for Your Vista Home

Efficient Spring Energy-Saving Tips for Your Vista HomeWhile spring cleaning this year, take advantage of some energy-saving tips that can reduce your energy costs and improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Evaluate the Air Conditioner

With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to evaluate your air conditioner. If your A/C is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace the unit with a more efficient model. Replacing an inefficient system can result in energy savings of as much as 20 percent.

Use Ceiling Fans

Try using ceiling fans to help supplement air conditioning. Switching your fans to run counterclockwise can push cool air down. The movement of the air makes you feel cooler while saving electricity costs. Just remember that ceiling fans only cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you’re out of the room. And be sure to clean fans first to remove dust and debris.

Utilize Exhaust Fans

Be sure to turn on the exhaust fan over your stove when cooking. This both reduces heat from being released into your home. Exhaust fans should also be run in bathrooms while the shower is in use.

Replace Light Bulbs

Replace incandescent bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescents. These more efficient bulbs both reduce energy costs and generate less heat.

Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Tank style water heaters run continually to keep the stored water hot. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees provides comfortably hot water and drastically reduces the likelihood of scalding.

For additional spring energy-saving tips or information on how to make your home more energy efficient, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. Our locally owned business is dedicated to serving the HVAC needs of Vista, San Diego and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Ceiling Fans: A Simple Springtime Fix May Lie Overhead

Ceiling Fans: A Simple Springtime Fix May Lie OverheadSpring is afoot, and the key to saving money on energy bills and keeping your home cool this summer may be hanging overhead and depend on your ceiling fan direction.

Whether you live near the coast, in a valley or in the mountains, you’re sure to have those San Diego days when the temperature spikes and your home begins to feel a little warmer than you’d like it to. A great way to counteract Mother Nature’s heat waves is to make sure the rotation of your ceiling fan is counterclockwise.

A counterclockwise rotation will create a windchill effect, making the entire room feel cooler, even though you haven’t adjusted your thermostat at all.

According to the United States Department of Energy, a ceiling fan rotating counterclockwise will allow you to set your thermostat four-degrees higher in the warm spring and summer months without feeling any warmer in your home. Over the course of a long, warm San Diego spring and summer, those four degrees add up to significant savings on your energy bill.

Making sure your ceiling fan direction is counterclockwise in the spring, combined with proper air conditioner maintenance and even duct sealing, can help keep you cool–and help you save a lot of cash this spring and summer–regardless of whether you live near the ocean, in the valley or on a mountain.

For more tips about how you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your bills, or to find the right ceiling fan for you home, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Are You Using Your Ceiling Fan To Conserve A/C Energy?

Are You Using Your Ceiling Fan To Conserve A/C Energy?With the summer heat wave upon us, many times we simply crank up the air conditioning and watch our electric bill go through the roof without doing some simple things to keep the heat and the bill in check. Continue reading “Are You Using Your Ceiling Fan To Conserve A/C Energy?” »