How to Save on Your Air Conditioning Bill During the Summer
Summer seasons allow us to roam outdoors for beach trips, barbecue with family and friends, and don those beautiful sundresses and shorts. Unfortunately, this year, you may be limited due to the pandemic forcing you to spend more time indoors.
Spending more time indoors during the hot afternoons and nights could prompt you to use your ac unit more often, which translates into increased energy bills.
So, what do you do to lower your air conditioning energy bills? We’ve compiled some insightful tips to help you out.
Clean or replace your AC filters
Your AC unit has an air filter that sieves dirt and other impurities from moving through the air vents into your home’s circulation. Failing to replace or clean your air filters eventually causes an accumulation of dirt in the vents that will force your air conditioner to work harder.
This translates into higher energy bills. Consider replacing your air filters after a few months and cleaning them regularly to prevent rising costs from running your unit.
Change your window treatments and/or windows
Your windows and window treatments could be the root source of all your problems. Consider changing your window systems to energy-efficient pieces that allow air circulation without turning on the air conditioner.
Also, be aware of poorly sealed windows that leak air, again forcing your air conditioner to work harder to cool your home. Energy-efficient windows and curtains will prevent cool air from sneaking out and allow cool air to flow into your home.
Install a programmable thermostat
Smart thermostats are devices used to cut energy usage by automatically reducing or increasing temperatures depending on your house’s atmosphere when you are asleep or away.
You don’t have to waste energy cooling your home because you left the furnace system on during the night. Nowadays, you can even set up your preferred room temperatures using an app away from your house.
We understand that it’s easy to overlook seasonal air conditioning tune-ups and preventative maintenance. It may not be known to a majority of homeowners, but professional AC service increases your chances of detecting problems early, timely AC repair, enhancing your unit’s lifespan, and mostly ensuring it is energy-efficient.
Your contractor should inspect your air conditioner, repair and replace things that are amiss, and ensure you are set for the summer. A properly functioning air conditioner should not create any energy problems.
Only cool rooms that are occupied
The air conditioner could be overworked from cooling all the rooms in your home, including those that are never in use. For instance, your guest room or storage room don’t require the services of an air conditioner.
You could block and shut off the registers from these unused rooms and only cool rooms that are occupied. You might be surprised at how economical this tip really is.
Avoid building up heat in your home during the day
Activities such as indoor cooking, bathing in hot water, boiling water, or using the clothes dryer may generate excess heat in your home.
By nightfall, you will have a lot of heat built up in your home, forcing the air conditioner to work harder and use more energy to bring down the temperature.
On hot days, avoid heat build-up by air-drying your clothes in the sun, cooking or grilling food outside, or you could cook indoors or run the clothes dryer at night when it is generally cooler anyway.
While it’s impossible to cut energy consumption to zero when using your air conditioner, these above-discussed tips will help you slash your costs.
Have you been looking for a professional HVAC contractor to help you with your air conditioning repair, service, installation, or maintenance? Reach us at Spartan Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to book an appointment. We are your friends in time of cooling needs and we are here to help get your air conditioner running again.