Summer usually means higher energy bills, what with our AC units working overtime to keep us cool. That, however, doesn’t always have to be the case. Rebecca Anderson offers some tricks that can help you save money on your energy bill.
Get an AC tune-up before summer hits.
An AC tune-up optimizes your system so it can perform its job better, and that translates to improved efficiency, which leads to lower cooling costs in the summer.
Regular tune-ups can also help you delay AC repair for a much longer time, as your unit will be in perfectly good shape for years to come.
Set the thermostat at 78 degrees.
The hotter it gets, the lower you set your thermostat to compensate, typically at 70 degrees. However, you can still be comfortable even if you peg the thermostat at 78 degrees. This temperature is still enough to cool everyone nicely.
Create more shade.
Your AC tends to perform poorly when it’s getting hit by direct sunlight the entire time it’s running. So, plant trees on the eastern and western parts of your property to create more shade.
Keep the sun out.
Letting the sun into your home raises the temperature and keeps the AC unit working doubly hard to maintain the temperature. You can keep the sun out using curtains, drapes, or Venetian blinds.
Put your thermostat far from sources of heat.
When your thermostat senses an upward spike in the temperature, it will send a signal to the AC unit to keep running until the temperature reverts to normal levels. But even if the temperature is normal in the rest of the house, the thermostat will still order the AC unit to work harder if it’s placed near heat-generating appliances or is getting hit by direct sunlight. To prevent this, put your thermostat away from sources of heat.
Keep your AC air filter clean.
After an AC unit is maintained, it’s new air filter will remain clean for about a month or so. Check your air filter to see if it has collected lots of dust and dirt a month into the summer. That way, you can ensure excellent airflow, which leads to more efficient performance.
Use ceiling fans on cooler days.
Summer does have cooler days, so when those days come, you can try turning off the AC and run ceiling fans instead. You can use any fan, but ceiling fans are better at distributing air in a room.
By following the above tips, you can expect a lower energy bill the next time around.
Rebecca Anderson is the Content Marketing Strategist of FH Air Conditioning, a heating and air conditioning repair and service company that has been serving the Phoenix Valley since 1974. On her spare time, she enjoys reading books and mountaineering with her family and friends.