If you're dreading the hot days of summer because they bring high power bills, look into ways you can save money on your air conditioning. You don't necessarily have to sink money into more insulation and other expensive upgrades because there are several affordable steps you can take to help your air conditioner keep you cool. Here are six suggestions.
1. Use A Fan Too
A ceiling fan is a good way to feel cooler at a higher temperature, but a ceiling fan can be pricey, especially if you have to pay an electrician to install it. You can buy an affordable floor fan instead. The fan doesn't cool down your house. Instead, the breeze cools down your skin so you can turn your thermostat up a bit higher and enjoy lower energy bills.
2. Block Solar Heating
Cover your windows to keep out the sunlight so the sun won't add heat to your home. You may want to invest in thick drapes that can also act as window insulation. You might want to consider installing window films if you don't like having your windows covered all the time. The films reflect the sun, and you'll still be able to see outside.
3. Eliminate Air Leaks
Look around your windows, doors, vents, and pipes for gaps where hot air can get in your house. Block these with weatherstripping or spray foam. This keeps the cool air inside where you need it, and it keeps hot air outside. As a bonus, you'll also block summer bugs, like mosquitoes and flies, from getting into your house.
4. Have A Preseason Service Call
One of the best ways to save money on your air conditioning bill is to keep your AC operating efficiently. The AC has to be in good repair and clean to be efficient. Schedule a service call before you start up your AC in the spring or summer so the technician can clean your air conditioner and get it in good shape.
5. Maintain Good Airflow All Season
Once your AC is operational, be sure to maintain the airflow in and around the unit all summer. This entails changing the filter on schedule, keeping curtains and furniture away from registers, and keeping weeds away from the condenser.
6. Buy A Programmable Thermostat
Programmable and smart thermostats aren't too expensive and they can help save money on your air conditioning bill. You can control the temperature of your home with more precision so you don't keep your home cool when no one is there. Buy your thermostat in advance so the HVAC technician can install it when making the spring service visit.
To learn more about air conditioning, contact an HVAC contractor in your area.Share