Energy-Saving Tips for Monsoon Season
Monsoon season has started up in Arizona. We haven’t had any storms quite yet, but the severity of monsoon season can be hard to predict, so that blazing 120 degree weather can morph into a rainstorm in a matter of a few weeks or days.
As with all major storms, it’s best to plan ahead and prepare for any possible outcomes or damage caused. A minor issue could be exacerbated into something that causes huge amounts of damage and money to fix in mere seconds. So it’s better to just make sure that you’re ready beforehand.
First, go out into your yard and have a look around. You want to minimize the opportunity for damage, so trim any trees that need trimming and take inside anything that could easily be picked up or thrown around by wind. Take a look at your AC unit and make sure that it’s on high enough ground and away from possible debris. After the storm, look again and see if it needs to be cleaned off.
You might also want to make sure your house is free of leaks. It gets extra dusty during monsoon season, so you want to make sure there’s no way that all that dust is being sucked into your house. This might be a good time for an energy audit, so that you can learn if your house has any leaks or inefficiencies that will cause headaches for you later on.
Next, check your air filter. As I said before, monsoon season is especially dusty, so your filters will most likely need to be changed more frequently. If you normally check and change your filters every 1–3 months, start looking at it every 2–3 weeks during monsoon season.
Lastly, prepare for a possible power outage. I know this is not a common occurrence, and if it does happen, I wouldn’t expect it to last very long, but it’s not the end of the world to prepare for it even if it never happens. You should of course have the basic necessities such as extra gallons of water, canned food, flashlights, candles, and a first aid kit. If a power outage happens, make sure your appliances are fully off to prevent a power surge or electrical circuit problems.