Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

How to Reduce Your Energy Bills While Using Your Air Conditioner

Construction & Contractors Blog

Running your air conditioner helps to cool off your home and keep your family comfortable during the hot days of summer, but they can also cause your energy bill to spike considerably. Luckily, there are ways to be comfortable and cool, but not suffer quite as much. Here are some tips for saving money even while using your air conditioner.

Replace the Air Filter

To start with, you need to make sure your air conditioner is providing you with efficient air when you turn it on. If the air filter in the unit is clogged, it might still work, but it will be working harder to achieve the temperature set on the thermostat. This causes a lot more energy to be used by the air conditioner, which then causes you to have a higher energy bill than necessary. An easy remedy for this is to check the air filter and replace it on a routine basis.

Have Repairs Done

Some air conditioning repairs might also need to be done with your air conditioner. Don't just assume it is working properly because you don't notice any major issues. Have your air conditioner inspected on a regular basis, especially if you have noticed that even though you aren't using it more often than usual, you seem to be paying a higher bill each month. Your HVAC technician might find issues with the thermostat, leaks, or adjustments that need to be addressed in order to allow it to run smoothly.

Use Ceiling Fans

An easy way to use your air conditioner, but reduce the energy being used, is to keep the temperature a little bit higher than what feels comfortable. You can do this by adjusting the temperature by a few degrees on the thermostat, then turning on your ceiling fans. The ceiling fans are going to blow around the cool air, so while you aren't actually using as much energy, you are still experiencing enough cool air to remain comfortable on hot days.

Don't Use Cooking Appliances

Try to keep the temperature as cool as possible in your home whether using your air conditioner or not. When you know a hot day is coming, try to have some meals planned that don't require using the oven or stove. These cooking appliances heat up the kitchen fast, which can then causes the rest of your home to feel warmer. Try to plan for salads, sandwiches, and other food items that don't use the oven.


10 August 2016