Summer weather has officially arrived! With warm sunshine and humidity comes more expensive electric bills due to air conditioning being on full blast. There are many ways to make sure your home stays cool during the summer, from insulation to tight window and door seals to drawing curtains during peak warm hours. Another way to reduce strain on your air conditioning system is to install LED lighting. LEDs are a great energy saver, but they also help reduce the heat coming from inside your home during the summer season.
Lighting and Heat Gain
Traditional lighting, such as fluorescent and incandescent lighting, uses the majority of its energy to produce heat, as heat is vital for the bulbs to work. However, this heat is then dispersed into the surrounding area, such as your home. This is called heat gain.
This release of heat into the air may be welcomed during the winter, but it lessens the productivity of your AC system while simultaneously jacking up your electric bill.
How LEDs Reduce Heat Gain
Contrary to popular belief, LEDs do create heat. Yet, unlike traditional bulbs, the majority of their energy is used to create light. LEDs do not require heat to turn on or stay on and are manufactured with heat sinks that pull heat away from the diodes. This way, the heat isn’t being widely dispersed in your home and LEDs are cool to the touch.
As you could have guessed, this reduction in heat gain means your AC system doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to maintain the cool and crisp 70 degrees you like to keep your home at. You’ll be saving money on your electric bill twofold with the help of LEDs’ energy savings and making your home’s cooling system work more efficiently.
Find LEDs Today with Sitler’s!
Reduce heat gain this summer in your home or office with LEDs from Sitler’s. We have a variety of products that can be used anytime, anywhere. Give us a call at (319) 653-2123 or send us a request to get started!
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