Save Energy, Save Money Through Conservation
Understanding your energy consumption
Increasing global demand puts pressure on energy supplies, and it's critical that we work together to use energy wisely. ckSmithSuperior understands conservation, and we are committed to helping our customers save energy and money. We routinely help homeowners understand their energy consumption and take positive steps to help them conserve. We also work closely with the state run energy assessment company, that can provide a full evaluation of your home.
If you are looking to upgrade to more energy efficient Heating or Cooling Equipment call today at 508-753-1475 or contact us and we'll help you choose the most efficient equipment for your home.
Warm Weather Conservation Tips and Info
Use Insulation and Shade to Block Heat
Two excellent methods to block heat are insulation and shading. Insulation helps keep your home comfortable and saves money on mechanical cooling systems such as air conditioners and electric fans. Shading devices block the sun's rays and absorb or reflect the solar heat. Make sure to close your shades during sunny summer day but open the shades during the night to allow cool breezes in.
Weatherization measures - such as insulating, weather stripping, and caulking - help seal and protect your home or business against the summer heat (in addition to keeping out the winter cold.) The attic is a good place to start insulating because it is a major source of heat transfer. Adequately insulating the attic protects the upper floors of a building. Wall insulation is not as important for cooling as attic insulation, because outdoor temperatures are not as hot as attic temperatures. Also, floor insulation has little or no effect on cooling. (For space heating, exterior wall and floor insulation is important.
Outside air also can infiltrate around poorly sealed doors, windows, electrical outlets, and through openings in foundations and exterior walls. Thorough caulking and weather stripping will control most of these air leaks.
Shading your home or business can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 20Â° F. Trees and other vegetation, exterior awnings, and exterior or interior shades can provide effective shading.
Heat accumulates in your home during the day, and the cool night air can flush it out. Natural ventilation relies on the wind and the "chimney effect" to keep a dwelling cool. Depending on the building design and wind direction, a windbreak - like a fence, hedge, or row of trees that blocks the wind - can force air either into or away from nearby windows. Wind moving along a wall creates a low-pressure zone that pulls air out of the windows.
The chimney effect occurs when cool air enters a building on the first floor or basement, absorbs heat in the room, rises, and exits through upstairs windows. This creates lower air pressure, which pulls more air in through lower-level windows.
Use Windows and Doors for Cross-Ventilation
You can create natural cross-ventilation by opening your windows and doors, and adjusting the size and location of the openings to ventilate different parts of the building. Inlets and outlets located directly opposite each other cool only those areas in between, in the direct path of the airflow. You'll cool more of your home or business if you force the air to take a longer path between the inlet and outlet.
Experiment with different patterns of window venting to move fresh outside air through all of the rooms in your home or business. This may involve leaving some windows closed if they interfere with air moving along a longer path.
Proper ventilation is important for your attic, we all know that heat rises and cool air sinks but if too much hot air is in your attic then it will continue to work its way down. If you have ever noticed an extreme difference between the first and second floor of your home, hot air might not be able to escape your home. Having proper venting will allow the hot air to escape allowing your cooling system(s) to work smarter not harder.
The best way to ventilate an attic is with natural ventilation. You need about one square foot of opening for every one hundred square feet of ceiling area. The vents should be split equally between the rooftop and the soffits. A fan is another alternative, but requires electricity to operate.
Air Conditioner Tips
A favorite way to stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer months is with air conditioning. Whether it be a mini-split, central ac system, or windowed air conditioner it is important that these devices are properly maintained. All of these have filters that need to be cleaned out before they are put to use and periodically while in use throughout the summer.
Selecting the right size air conditioner for your room or home helps to maximize your comfort and associated energy costs. An air conditioner that is too powerful will use too much energy, while an air conditioner that is too small for the room will continuously run without properly cooling the room. Energy star certified air conditioners can help to reduce your costs while providing an excellent source of cool air.
One of the first things that we do when temperatures start to rise is turn on the ceiling fans. Ceiling fans use a lot less energy than air conditioners and can help to move stale warm air out of a room. They should only be on when someone is in the room as their greatest benefit comes from the wind chill they create. Air conditioners can be run while someone is out of the room, but fans should only be used when you are in the same room.
Don't Create Heat
Every appliance that we use in our homes has a motor on it, from the dishwasher, refridgerator, and the washer and dryer. When we clean our dishes or our favorite shirt we are creating heat in the home, your air conditioners will work to get rid of this heat on top of the heat that was already in your home. Running these appliances at night when your home is naturally cooler will help to reduce the workload of your AC, reducing the electricity you use. Running your AC at night could help with your electric cost as electricity rates may be lower at night.
Another great way to reduce heat created in your home is to cook outside on a grill instead of using your stovetop or oven. Many dishes can be converted to be cooked on the grill, a quick search for grilled pizza and you'll see what we mean!