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Tips For Saving Your AC Unit: Energy Efficiency in the Summer Months

Learn 5 ways to make your home's AC unit energy efficient. Spoiler Alert: While several things can cause air leaks in your home, the biggest is inadequate insulation.
Energy Efficiency in the Summer Months

Have you ever had your air conditioner break during the summer? It’s not cool…pun intended. Technology is so fabulous…until it stops working.

At RetroFoam of the Carolinas want you to live your best life this summer and every summer. It’s hard to do that when you are melting in the sweltering heat, so we are going to give you a few ideas to help you stay cool without running your  HVAC unit into the ground and hopefully help you save a few dollars while you’re at it.

Your Blinds Can Help

Like people use windshield sunshades in their cars to block out UV rays, your blinds can serve the same purpose. Anywhere the sun shines will naturally become warmer. Your blinds can help block those sun rays from heating the air you are paying to cool down. Keeping your home’s temperature consistent will mean less work for your AC and more comfort for you.

Adjust your Thermostat

Did you know that in a year, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling by simply adjusting the temperature on your thermostat? According to, “You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” The science behind this isn’t too hard to figure out. The smaller the temperature difference between the inside and outside, the smaller need for temperature correction. This will give your HVAC a much-needed break. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be 8 hours of your day that you are in your house.

Turn on a Fan

Here’s a fun fact. If you turn on a ceiling fan, you can bump your thermostat up by 4 degrees without even telling the difference. Remember to turn it off when you leave the room, so you aren’t wasting energy.

Work Smarter

Want to be able to control your thermostat from your phone? You can upgrade your home thermostat to a smart thermostat. Adjust your home’s temperature from work, or program it to set automatically and hardly have to give it a second thought.

Check Your Insulation

The number one way to keep your home comfortable and to give your HVAC unit a break is to make sure that your home is not leaking air. Several things can cause air leaks in your home, but the biggest one is inadequate insulation. Air is constantly moving in and out of your home. If your home doesn’t have a proper air seal, your AC is working overtime to cool the inside of your home… and also the surrounding outdoor areas. Did you know that an unsealed house can leak enough air to fill up two blimps every day? That’s a lot of extra work for your AC to do and a lot of extra money that you are spending.

This is where RetroFoam of the Carolinas will save the day. We will come and perform a home blower door test which will allow our crew to determine just how much air your home is leaking. We can then help you decide the most efficient places to help you insulate and seal up your home so that you can save money, live comfortably, and your AC can take a much-needed break.

Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help!


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