The summer heat is on its way. Soon, you’ll be taking any measure possible to stay cool. Believe it or not, the unbearable outside heat does not mean you have to blast your home’s air conditioning to be comfortable. You can, but that approach won’t help with you air conditioning bill. Rather, take advantage of the following five basic steps to save money on your air conditioning bill, while also maintaining comfort.
Use your ceiling fans, they’re not there just for looks!
A great way to give your system a break is by using ceiling fans and save money on your air conditioning bill. You can set the thermostat to a higher temperature and allow the fan to make up for the difference between the initial thermostat temperature and the adjusted thermostat temperature. Or you can turn off your air conditioner all together and rely on the ceiling fan to cool the house. As a result, the air conditioner will not have to work as hard, or work at all, and your air conditioning costs will reduce. Ceiling fans also work together with air conditioners by spreading cool air more evenly throughout a room.
Set the thermostat at the highest temperature you can withstand
By and large, the higher the temperature on the thermostat, the better when it comes to your AC bill. Overexerting the system will be costly, plus, it can lessen the lifetime of the system. Generally speaking, the ideal AC temperature is 78°. A 78° temperature creates a balance of comfort and energy. The idea is for the thermostat to be set at the highest temperature in which you still feel comfortable. You certainly don’t want to be sweating in your own home, but maybe set the temperature a few degrees below sweating temperature and turn your fans on to add a little extra coolness. If you have to sacrifice a short-sleeved t-shirt with a sleeveless one, so be it. It’s worth adjusting to lower the AC bill.
Additionally, you should be able to set your thermostat to hold different temperatures at different times throughout the day. This will allow you to save energy by programming the thermostat at higher temperatures while you are away at work. You can also program it to a lower temperature for around the time you arrive home. If your thermostat does not have this capability, you need to upgrade.
Make sure your home is adequately insulated
You certainly don’t need cool air from your air conditioner seeping outside your home. Nor do you need hot outside air infiltrating your home. Thus, make sure your home is adequately insulated. Start from outside your home and place your hand over the seals of doors and windows. If you can feel cool air, you may need re-insulate. You can also take advantage of a home energy audit through a professional air conditioning company. An expert will come to your home and check on the insulation, along with all other contributing factors to the airflow of the home.
Maintain your air conditioning system
Keep your air conditioner in good shape. This will save money on your air conditioning bill. Make sure there is nothing obstructing the vents on the outside system, change the air filter once every couple of months, and treat it right all throughout by carrying out the rest of these steps. Treating your AC system with care will lengthen its lifetime, optimize its effectiveness, and save you money over time.
Close your house down to prevent heat from entering
This may be the simplest of the five steps: shut all shades, blinds, or curtains throughout your home. This will keep outside heat from entering the home. Unwelcome heat will raise the temperature of the house and force the AC unit to work harder than it needs to. Moreover, angle the blinds and shades upward, to where the sunlight will have a tougher entry.
Area Wide Services Inc. offers a number of air conditioning services and products to help keep your home comfortable. We do offer home and duct performance testing if you would like for us to review your home’s airflow. We hope we’ve enlightened you with our five tips on lowering your air conditioning bill.