Cool Summer Tips for your Palm Springs Home
Yup- summer is in full swing In Palm Springs, CA and its past the time to get things in shape to save energy. If you haven’t done so, here’s a few tips to get you going for saving energy in the summer and year round. When done, go out and float in the pool and save energy while doing absolutely nothing!
Change to More Efficient Light Bulbs
Replace incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient lighting choices. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting not only uses less energy, but also produces approximately 75 percent less heat than incandescent lighting—which is always nice for staying cool. I now use them throughout my home inside and out. Even reading lamps can now use them in the new cooler colors.
Find the Best Thermostat Settings
If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to work around your family’s summer schedule. When you’re home, set it to 78 degrees (I set mine to 83 here in the desert) and raise the temperature several degrees higher (86 degrees is recommended) when you’re away, so your system isn’t cooling an empty house. Don’t worry, the programmable thermostat will make sure your residence is a comfortable temperature by the time you get home and, contrary to common misconceptions, the energy saved from turning your thermostat up is greater than the energy used to cool your house down after you return.
Check Your Cooling System
One of the most important steps for savings over the summer is having your system serviced annually to ensure it’s running at optimum efficiency. Also, check the air filter every month. If it looks dirty, replace it. A good rule is to change your filter at least once every three months. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool—wasting energy.
From maintaining your equipment to finding the right contractor, the ENERGY STAR website has everything you need to make sure that your HVAC system is running at optimum efficiency. Visit the Energy Star Website for more information.
Plug Duct System Leaks
As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages). Also, make sure connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.
Install exterior sun shades or awnings on the sunny side of your house. It will cut down on heat intrusion more than you can imagine. Close the curtains and shades before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating the interior of your living space. If possible, move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed windows to serve as shade.
Use Ceiling Fans Optimally
Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room make sure to turn off the fan.
Reduce Oven Time
Cook as often as possible outdoors- there’s less clean-up too. Use a microwave instead of an oven to cook, when you can. Ovens take longer to cook food and can make your house warmer, requiring your HVAC system to consumer more energy to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. When cooking inside, use your stove hood if its vented to the outdoors.
Now go out and float in the pool and save energy while doing absolutely nothing!
Information About Buying or Selling Palm Springs Area Real Estate
Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of a Real Estate professional. You will need an expert who has lived in the desert and knows the lifestyle and the unique housing market.
The market in the Greater Palm Springs Area is alive and the values are exceptional for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have many choices for every need, budget and amenity list.
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