It’s Gettin’ Hot Out There! Tips on Conserving Energy.
Your air conditioner is likely the biggest energy consumer in your home. With the heat rising, you are probably seeing increased utility bills. However, there are ways to keep energy costs at bay. Following some of the top AC energy saving tips can reduce your utility bill by the end of the month.
Set Your Thermostat Higher
When it comes to A/C, the lower you go, the more money you blow! When possible, set your thermostat to the highest temperature that is comfortable to you. Keeping the temperature 10 to 15 degrees higher for 8 hours could save you up to 10% on your utility bill each year.
Keep the Sun Out
We all enjoy sun rays from time to time, but in the summer heat, it is best to close your blinds, curtains, or shutters in the hottest part of the day. The sun and its heat cause your A/C to work harder in order to cool your home. When your A/C has to work harder, it consumes more energy. Let the sun in the rooms you must to enjoy the light, but keep it out in the rooms you aren’t in if possible.
Replace Your Air Filters
When your air filters are dirty, your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home. Not only will your family breathe better with new air filters, you will lower energy costs, and protect the longevity of your A/C system.
Avoid Placing Appliances Next to Your Thermostat
When possible, avoid placing appliances next to your thermostat. Of course, some things aren’t preventable, but if they are it will help keep cost lower. When your thermostat is next to a heat source such as a TV, computer, refrigerator, etc., that puts off heat, your A/C system will keep running until the whole area cools down.
Keep Your Ceiling Fans On
Ceiling fans are a great help in circulating cool air in your home, which means the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. With the air circulating, you should be able to keep your thermostat 4 degrees higher and still be comfortable. Ceiling fans use less energy and they help your air conditioner do its job more efficiently.
Do Routine Maintenance
Keeping your A/C system running smoothly will increase its efficiency and lower your utility bill. Regular professional maintenance will also extend the life of your system and lower repair costs.
Replace Your Old A/C System
An A/C system that is more than 10 years old, usually requires major repairs, and also is less efficient than newer systems. If you are deciding on a new system, ask your A/C specialist what the SEER rating is and how choosing a higher SEER can lower your energy costs.