With warmer days just around the corner, you’re probably worried about rising energy costs. Besides cranking up your air conditioning unit, there are alternatives to keep your cooling costs down. Following these 6 ways to save on air conditioning costs can help keep you cool while also keeping your wallets full.
1. Schedule Regular Maintenance
Scheduling regular maintenance for your cooling equipment can help keep your air conditioner run as effectively and inexpensively as possible. It is also important to switch to high-efficiency air conditioners, which can help you reduce your energy costs from 20-50 percent. It is also very important to regularly check your air conditioner’s evaporator coils and air filters to ensure it’s functioning properly.
2. Setting Your Thermostat
It seems natural to leave your thermostat set to a low temperature when it’s hot outside. However, leaving your thermostat set as high as comfortably possible in the summer will lower your overall cooling bill. The less the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is, the less your cooling costs will be! To make it easier to control your home’s temperature, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat.
Even with a programmable thermostat, however, avoid setting your thermostat to a very cold setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It won’t cool your home any faster, but it will be an unnecessary expense.
3. Use A Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are extremely efficient in helping circulate the air in a room to create a draft. A ceiling fan lessens the strain on an AC unit, meaning it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool. When you pair a ceiling fan with your air conditioning unit, it allows for you to increase your thermostat up to 4 degrees, making you feel more comfortable while saving energy. Consider installing a ceiling fan in every room of your house, and prepare to save on cooling costs!
4. Performing A Home Energy Audit
When temperatures begin to rise, it’s tempting to blast your air conditioner to battle the heat. But how much cool air are you actually losing through the cracks of your home? By performing a home energy audit, you’ll be able to identify if you’re losing energy, where you’re losing energy, and how to save on energy costs.
5. Energy-Efficient Window Treatments
Interior blinds and draperies can reduce heat gain by around 45%. When choosing blinds, consider vertical or horizontal slat-type to block and reflect direct sunlight. Treating your windows with medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can be extremely effective at reducing heat gains and keeping you cool!
6. Consider Your Appliances
Consider ditching your oven during warmer temperatures and instead, use your microwave or grill for your cooking needs. Running a computer, a dishwasher or using curling irons and hair dryers generates a lot of heat, so avoid using these appliances frequently when temperatures begin to rise. Light bulbs can also generate a ton of heat, so consider installing energy efficient lighting.
Think of all of the things you can do with the money you’ll be saving when you save on energy costs!
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