Environmentally Friendly Ways to Keep Cool This Summer
Everyone expects big bills in the winter keeping our family warm as the cold weather sets in, but sometimes the summer weather can cause your power usage to spike as air conditioning is switched on to keep things cool. If you want to keep cool in a sustainable way, there are a few options you can consider.
USE EARTH POWER
A geothermal heat pump is a great way to harness the natural power that is in the earth. A geothermal heat pump draws heat out of the ground during the winter months and pumps it round your home. In the summer, it draws the heat from your home and pumps it into the ground. The heat transfer process uses little to no energy but keeps your home hot or cold depending on the weather. The cost of installation will soon be balanced out by the economical cost of running the system. The systems are so effective, check your local area as grants and subsidies may also be available.
When installing your air conditioning unit, consider using one that is powered by Natural Gas. The sustainable nature of Natural Gas makes it one of the most efficient and clean sources of energy we have on the planet, making it eco and environmentally friendly. See if your area has Natural Gas and what options are available to you. Natural Gas will save you money, use less energy and protect the environment – that’s a big win all round.
Your air conditioning unit will have many features, so make sure you understand how to use them all. There may be features that allow you to control the unit or make it more environmentally friendly without any loss of function. It is also a good idea to take some time to see what each function does and see if it works for you.
Install timers and thermostats in your home that can control the temperature and the times you have it on. If you’re not in the house, then it makes no sense to run your air conditioning, or to keep the temperature at a comfortable level.
If you are trying to cool a large area, think about placing fans around your home to draw the cooler air through to make a more even temperature. The more even the temperature, the less the unit has to work, lowering the energy consumption.
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE
Your air conditioner relies on a series of ducts that pass the cool air around your home. These ducts are prone to getting clogged with dust and debris which, if allowed to build up, can clog the ducts. As a result of a blockage or reduced spaces in the ducts, the air conditioning unit will have to work harder to achieve the same temperate, burning unnecessary fuel. Remove any accessible grates and clean behind them, being sure to hook out any dust or debris and not push it further in. This needs to be done yearly to run your air conditioning at peak performance.
CHECK AND CHECK AGAIN
Check your air conditioning unit twice a year, before summer and after summer and attend to any maintenance that is needed. If you keep your unit in good condition and avoid any build up of problems it uses less fuel, which is good for the environment.
If you use window units make sure they are stored in a cool, dry place during the winter. When in use, make sure drain pans are emptied regularly and the whole unit is kept clean and free of blockages. Your unit will run more efficiently and last longer if it is well looked after.
The most important thing you can do to keep your family cool whilst making sure you are kind to the environment, is to always think about the efficiency of your unit and if it is running at peak performance. You need to make sure that your air conditioning unit uses as little energy as possible and by keeping it well maintained, the temperature of your home consistent and switching it on only when you need it, you will save the planet – and save money too.