Summer has begun, and whether you prefer to spend it hanging by the grill, swimming in the pool, or chilling in the hammock, when you go inside you’re going to need reliable air conditioning to cool you down. Luckily, Service Today! is available 24/7/365 to take care of all your AC needs. However, as you run your air conditioner more and more over the next few months, we also want to help make sure you are not wasting energy. Keep reading for the top five ways to reduce air conditioning costs this summer, courtesy of our skilled HVAC technicians at Service Today!
Follow These Steps to Reduce Your Summer AC Bills:
- Adjust Your Thermostat: At the beginning of the summer season, you will want to turn your thermostat setting up to balance your AC costs. We understand this may sound strange, yet raising your temperature inside as the temperature also rises outside can go a long way to saving you money and preventing energy waste. Turning your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are at home and up to 82 degrees when you are away also helps maintain a more consistent temperature throughout your house. And today’s smart thermostats can even learn your house’s temperature needs, adjusting automatically to maximize comfort and cost-efficiency.
- Leave Your AC On When You Leave: Like our recommendation above, leaving your AC on when you are not home likely seems counterintuitive on a list about saving money. However, by setting your air conditioner at a sensible 72 degrees before you leave for the day, you will be able to come home to a comfortable house without having to crank the AC as low as it goes as soon as you step through the door. Doing this wastes a lot of energy, as it forces your system to work harder to cool your home faster. That’s why for the sake of your comfort and your wallet, it may actually better to let your AC run when you leave your house in the morning.
- Install More Ceiling Fans: One of the simpler and more effective ways to cut energy costs during the summer is to install well-placed ceiling fans around your home to assist your air conditioner. When working with AC, a ceiling fan can lower a room’s temperature by 2-3 degrees, while also increasing airflow throughout your space in a way your air conditioner cannot. The energy used by a ceiling fan also amounts to a fraction of the cost of the energy needed to power your air conditioner, and by subsisting fan use for AC use on days that are cooler out, you will be able to save even more.
- Close Curtains & Seal Up Holes: While you may want to enjoy the sun as much as possible this summer, letting its rays shine through your window all the time is not a good idea. Keeping the shades drawn and the curtains closed can reduce heat gain in your home by 45%, ensuring your AC has to work much less hard to cool your space, thus saving you money. Meanwhile, you should weather-strip doors and windows and seal up cracks and holes throughout your house, as homeowners waste roughly 25-30% of their cooling power year through air loss.
- Do Not Hesitate to Call a Technician: You probably don’t want to put that money you’ve been saving for a summer getaway towards fixing your air conditioner, but it’s important not to hesitate when it comes time to hire an HVAC technician. Failing to call for necessary repairs is only going to make your AC unit perform worse in the long run, potentially forcing you to replace it before it’s necessary. Luckily, Service Today! provides all the AC repairs, installations and maintenance work you need to stay cool all summer-long.