At this point, I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that the heat and humidity will be here in just a matter of weeks.
I’m not sure about whether or not I believe the Almanac but we’re supposed to be in for an even hotter, drier Summer this year.
Thankfully, this only lasts through September. Toward the end of that month, I notice the heat pump demand for air conditioning is decreasing. This is also the beginning of the best 8 months of weather. Yet, to get to that beginning, I have to deal with this beginning as Summer is just about here. The air conditioning has been on some here and there. But it’s still nothing like July and August. I’ve already had the HVAC maintenance done to the heat pump. So that part of the plan is good to go. I’ve also sealed up the house in order to further maximize the heat pump’s efficiency. Just last week, I started getting in the habit of pulling the blinds before I head off to the commercial HVAC of the office each morning. That’s a practice that saves a lot on cooling costs by stopping the direct sunlight heating. But really, if you don’t pay close attention to the thermostat setting, all the other cost saving steps are rendered pretty moot. Having a smart thermostat would be awesome. But until I get that HVAC equipment upgrade, I’ll stick to programming the digital thermostat and keeping my eye always on the setting. From here on out, it’s Summer mode in this house and that means all efforts are toward saving on air conditioning costs.