Protect the Environment and Your Wallet

Staying cool in the summertime near a waterfall
May 9, 2017

Earth Day may be over, but it's not too late to show some love to the environment. Heating and cooling systems use quite a bit of energy (and money), but that doesn't mean we have to live without them. There are little things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and help your bank account in the process.

Invest in some decorative window treatments. Curtains and blinds aren't just pretty on the eyes, they actually contribute to a lower energy bill. In the summer, you can use window treatments to block out the sun and help keep your home as cool as possible without making your HVAC system work overtime. In the winter, take advantage of nature's heating system and allow the sun to shine through your home, raising the indoor temperature and providing a comfy place for your furry friends to sunbathe.

Dress appropriately for the weather. Sure, you may have to get dressed up in a suit or uniform for work, but when you get home, throw caution (and your jacket) to the wind, and get comfy! In the summer, wear shorts and a tank in the house so you don't have to crank the AC up to be comfy. In the winter, try a snuggly old sweater, sweatshirt, or if you feel really crazy, get a snuggie. When you dress for the season and the environment, you will be more comfy and give Mother Nature a nice break.

Utilize your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans aren’t just a decoration, they can keep you comfy all year long by moving the air around your home. While they don't actually lower the temperature in the room, the increased circulation means that you can lower (or raise) your thermostat accordingly. Just keep two things in mind:

- Fans should be set to rotate counter-clockwise in warm weather and clockwise in cold weather.

- Fans don't do anything when there is no one in the room (almost like a tree falling in the forest), so turn them off when you leave and save more energy.

Energy conservation and comfort are not mutually exclusive. By following these simple tips, you can keep your bills down, your family comfortable, and protect this beautiful planet that we live on. For more help controlling your energy bills and supporting the environment, contact Mojave Air Conditioning for a professional checkup.