How To Save Money on A/C This Summer
As summer approaches, you may want to refresh your memory on how to properly use your A/C to avoid expensive utility bills. Here are some tips on how you can cut back on these expenses.
Close The Curtains
Honestly, this works! In your rooms that face the sun during the hottest parts of the day, drawing the curtains can block direct sunlight. This is a handy tip if your thermostat is in or near the rooms that catch the sun, as it will record higher temperatures initiating your A/C to cool the room down.
Turn Your Thermostat Up
While we're on the subject of thermostats, did you know that by turning it up during the summer, you can limit how often your air conditioning will turn on? It will wait until it reaches the temperature you have set the thermostat before it kicks in. It could be by just a couple of degrees from 72 to 78 degrees by finding a comfortable temperature before needing the A/C on. Take this one step further by increasing this temperature when no one is home to avoid paying for air conditioning in an empty house. It can save you a lot of money over the summer.
Clear Vents and Filters
Regular maintenance of your vents and filters can help you ensure there is no dust or debris blocking vents or pipework in or outside the house. Move any rugs, covers, furniture, etc., from around your vents, so air can flow freely and reduce the need for your A/C to work harder.
The same applies to your filters. Dirty filters will mean your air conditioning unit will need to work harder to reduce the temperature in your home as it has to work its way through the build-up on the filters.
Schedule Maintenance and Regular Repairs
Poorly maintained air conditioning units would eventually have to work harder to compensate for any faults or issues or, even worse, stop working altogether. Much like your car needs regular servicing to ensure it is in its best condition for driving, your HVAC Maintenance needs to be carried out by qualified professionals to ensure it is working properly. All the parts are in good condition allowing the unit to work efficiently.
If your unit isn't working well and isn't responding to any fixes or alterations you make, it may be time to upgrade to a new unit to allow you to keep your bills at a manageable level.
Reducing Your HVAC Bills This Summer
By making small changes, you can effectively reduce your air-conditioning bills this summer and save money on your bills. Paying attention to how much you use your HVAC unit and how you maintain it, you can not only save money on bills but extend the life of this essential appliance for years to come.